Romans 15 - Misalignment
It's good to make plans & have ambition, but hold on to them lightly!
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Romans 15 (ESV)
1 We who are strong have an obligation
to bear with the failings of the weak,
and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us
please his neighbor
for his good,
to build him up.
3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written,
“The reproaches of those who reproached you
fell on me.”
4 For whatever was written in former days
was written for our instruction,
and through the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.
5 May the God
of endurance and encouragement
to live in such harmony with one another,
in accord with Christ Jesus,
6 that together
you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
welcome one another
as Christ has welcomed you,
for the glory of God.
8 For I tell you
became a servant
to the circumcised
to show God’s truthfulness,
in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
10 And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
12 And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
the God of hope
fill you with
and peace in believing,
by the power of the Holy Spirit
you may abound in hope.
14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers,
that you yourselves
are full of goodness,
filled with all knowledge
and able to instruct one another.
15 But on some points
I have written to you very boldly
by way of reminder,
because of the grace given me by God
16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus
to the Gentiles
in the priestly service of the gospel of God,
the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable,
sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17 In Christ Jesus, then,
I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
18 For I will not venture to speak of anything
except what Christ has accomplished
to bring the Gentiles to obedience—
by word and deed,
19 by the power of signs and wonders,
by the power of the Spirit of God—
from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum
I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;
20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel,
not where Christ has already been named,
lest I build on someone else’s foundation,
21 but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.”