Hello, everyone! Totally excited to dig into Romans, and I couldn’t be happier to be assigned the first three chapters! So, let’s get started!!
“Forgiveness is available through faith in Christ” In Chapter 1, and the other two chapters too, quite a few things stood out to me- so bear with me! In the notes, it says, “Our willingness to serve and obey Jesus Christ enables us to be useful and usable servants to do work for him-work that really matters. Obedience begins as we renounce other masters, identify ourselves with Jesus, discover his will and live according to it, and consciously turn away from conflicting interests, even if these interests have been important to us in the past.” I absolutely loved this little note at the bottom because the words are so true! Throughout this summer, we are called to serve others whether that be on Sunday or any other day of the week. We are his servants, and what an honor that is to be called a servant of Jesus! We dedicate this summer to Jesus: finding the right community to surround ourselves, praising Him, and digging deep into his Word. I believe that little note at the bottom totally summed up our goal that we all have for this summer. Anyways, moving on…
Another part that stood out to me in this chapter was the section titled Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome- I enjoyed this section because it was a prayer that Paul was saying to the Lord. He prayed boldly. Paul says he is not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God. Paul continued to say the same prayer over and over: that he wanted to go to Rome to teach Christians. God answered this prayer, but not in a way that Paul expected. This stood out to me, because prayers are always answered- it may not be right away and it may not be in the way we expect, but God hears and answers OUR prayers!— how promising!
2:1 states “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.” So many times, I and I’m sure many others, judge others. We judge them for what they may be doing, what they said, or even how they look or dress. But Scripture says that we have no right to judge, because we too make mistakes and sin, daily. Yet, through Jesus we are saved from our sins-“we depend on Jesus Christ for salvation and eternal life.” God is the only who can have judgement on others.
Another part that stood out to me was 2:29– “No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.” Wow, absolutely love this verse. How true can it get? The way we follow Christ comes from within, followed by our actions that we demonstrate on the outside. We love Christ with all our heart, and we must give Him our all. Many times we perform an act of service and expect praise for it. But that isn’t how it works. When we do something, we must not seek for praise from other people for what we did. God is always by our side, and He is aware of the acts that we have done— we must accept that He is praising us, even though we may not hear actual words.
3:10-18— what I got out of these verses, is that we are so incredibly undeserving of God’s love, and yet, He still loves us with all His heart, despite our mistakes. We serve an awesome God, who is faithful, mighty, loving, and forgiving. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” I think a goal we all need to set is admitting our sins so we can keep striving for an amazing relationship with our Father, the Creator.
What amazing promises Scripture holds! So I challenge everyone to seek for opportunities to serve the Lord today- be obedient and bold with your actions! See you all tonight!