Hello everyone! Sorry this is late it’s yesterdays blog. I didn’t expect to spend this much time with it but I loved it. i wrote this over Romans 4-6. Enjoy!
“Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!” This verse stood out to me in Chapter 4 simply because it states that Abraham was not counted out of God’s blessings because of a ritual. No matter if you are circumcised or not you can still receive Gods beautiful grace. Anyone can come to Him no matter what you have or haven’t done His love for us is greater than we can even put into words. Another part that stood out to me in this Chapter was verse 19-20, “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Abraham had so much faith in God that when he realized that his body was worthless his faith was strengthened even more then before and he gave glory to God. I pray that us interns can have as much faith in God as Abraham did. Even in the bad times Abraham gave glory to God because he had faith in God. I think this is a good verse for all of the people that we prayed for during our meeting on Tuesday who are going through a hard time with illnesses and death. Like chapter 4, chapter 5 also talks about our sufferings. Romans 5:3-4 says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” When we are at a low part in life the Bible tells us to rejoice in our sufferings instead of letting it bring us down. In the notes of my Bible it says, “We rejoice in suffering not because we like pain or deny its tragedy, but because we know God is using life’s difficulties and Satan’s attacks to build our character.” God knows about the hard times we are going through in this life and only uses it for our own good which is why we should “rejoice in suffering” because these bad times are only going to grow our faith in Jesus Christ. Another awesome verse in this chapter is 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is something that we are very familiar with as followers of Christ, but it’s such an awesome verse that you can’t pass it up. God loved us so much that he gave his perfect son to die for our sins not because we are good people but because he loved us. This is just another example of how great Gods indescribable love is for us. In Romans five, the second part was titled Death through Adam, Life through Christ. In this part of Romans, Paul explains that sin was brought to this world by the sin that Adam committed and that through sin came death. But Paul also explained that just as sin entered the world through one man grace also entered the world through one man, Jesus Christ! Just like sin was passed on to the world, Gods Grace was also extended to us but even more abundantly. Romans 6:6-7 says, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” I thought this verse was great because of the fact that we no longer have to be slaves of sin and can truly be free. It’s awesome to know that we can truly be set free from our sins by the grace of God.