Even if we believe that it makes no difference to the Lord whether we do these things, still we cannot just go ahead and do them to please ourselves; for we must bear the “burden” of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others – of those who feel these things are wrong. Let’s please the other fellow, not ourselves, and do what is for his good to build him up in the Lord. These things that were written in Scriptures so long ago are to teach us patience and to encourage us so that we look forward expectantly to the time when God will conqueror sin and death.
May God who gives patience, steadiness and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other – each with the attitude of Christ toward the other? And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice, giving glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:1-6 TLB
(v.13) So I pray for you Gentiles that God who give you hope will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. I pray that God will help you overflow with hope in Him through the Holy Spirit’s power within you.
O my beloved God, you have made us strong to enable us to help and bear the burdens of those who are weak. Do not allow us to please ourselves, but always help us to be a blessing to others, to build up our neighbours and friends for their good. For even You, Jesus, did not please Yourself but as it is written: “The insults of those who insult me have fallen on You.” Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
May our God who gives endurance and encouragement give to us a spirit of unity amongst us enabling us to follow Jesus Christ, with one heart, mind and may our mouths glorify God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit of God?
Let our relationship with God be made perfect through the sanctification work of the Holy Spirit, and our faith must be exercised in the realities of everyday life. God, You, will engineer our circumstances and take us to the places You want us to be in. It is only by having the experiences; our faith is sustained only by feelings and by blessings. Once we get there, no matter where You, O God may place us, or what inner emptiness we can experience; we can praise God that all is well, because He is in control of all our circumstances. We are prepared to let You O God, do what You want with us. I know You are never in a hurry, but we are willing to wait as we see You pointing out what Your will is to be and we are interested in God Himself, first and foremost for the glory and honour of Christ Jesus. Amen.