Google+ 05/19/2014 One Accord=Selfless, Not Selfish!

Romans 15:4-7

 

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us.

And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement

As we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement,

Help you live in complete harmony with each other,

As is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.

Then all of you can join together with one voice,

Giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you

So that God will be given glory.

 

As I mentioned last week, we should read the book of Romans more often!  Paul shares this revelation with his fellow Romans in hopes that they might obey and glorify God.  Our timetable is often not God's.  We all know that.  As a result, we must develop patience to wait for the fulfillment of God's promises.  This patience is often disrupted by Satan's impatience that we often adopt.  We are a "drive-thru" and "convenience store" society.  When we see the convenience store sign, we immediately discover we are thirsty!  Did we not know before then?  Are we really thirsty, or is it just the power of suggestion?  We could probably debate that question forever, but in defense of my theory, the convenience stores continue to advertise!  They are obviously not willing to leave our thirst to our own devices!!!  Rome was like that.  They were impetuous people.  Lots of what happened in Rome was not planned and was done for the wrong reasons.  Pilate and Jesus's crucifixion come to mind as prime examples.  It was the peer pressure of the crowd that swayed Pilate, not the innocence of Jesus.  Pilate's wife warned him about Jesus.  Pilate knew Jesus was not guilty.  He told the crowd.  They wanted swift "justice."  Pilate gave in and Jesus was crucified.   Paul tells us today that we must live in harmony with each other.  Paul says that this requires patience and encouragement.   He concludes by telling us that unless we can do this, and speak in one voice, God will not be glorified.  As I have said before, Christianity is not a label, it is a lifestyle.  Today, we must embrace this statement and work together as God's people, fulltime.  "One Accord=Selfless, Not Selfish!"