Sunday, April 20, 2014

Roman 15:4-7 -- On Hope Through Christ

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God."
Roman 15:4-7

This is great stuff today.  Everything that was written for us in the scriptures is to help us learn, so that we can see the lessons that others learned, and through them learn patience and feel comfort and hope in our own lives.  That's part of the power of the scriptures, and of communication and fellowship and reading and language in general.  We don't have to learn everything by living through it ourselves.  We can build on the knowledge and wisdom of others.  We can learn from their examples, and be better because they lived.  And in no case is this more true than in the case of Christ, who lived and died and lives again, for us--for our learning, and patience, and comfort, and hope.
Today, let's trust God and learn the lessons that he offers us in this easier way... through reading and studying.  Let's not be stubborn enough to have to learn them all the hard way.  Some we will of course, but as many as we can, let's delve into the scriptures and ponder and pray and do the spiritual work that might save us a little pain in having to go through it ourselves.  And let's pray to learn the lesson mentioned here... to be likeminded toward one another.  To receive each other, as Christ received us.  Today, let's glorify our Father in Heaven, and rejoice in his Son's example and everlasting life, that through him we might be saved and also live forever with him.  Let's hold on to that hope, let's read and pray and study and learn, and accept and love each other and help each other to heaven as well.

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