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Bible Challenge – Romans 15

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“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.” Romans 15:5 (NLT)

What does it mean to live in complete harmony with each other? That can be a tuff questions! Does it mean that I let people take advantage of me? Does it mean that I let things go that should be addressed? Do I turn a blind eye to someone who is struggling with sin? The answer is no! To live in complete harmony with others is to live is harmony with God! That’s a big statement. But we have to understand that as believers, we are called to live above reproach. As believers, if we let a ourselves, or another person continue to live in sin, act harshly toward others, live legalistically and not address it in a loving way, we are threatening the harmony of the church.

As Christ Followers, we are called to Love! Love God and Love others! Sometimes the deepest form of love comes in holding ourselves and others accountable and challenging them to be more like Christ. Now there are right ways and wrong ways to do this. Galatians 6:1 says,

“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.”

In Matthew 18:15-17 it says,

“‘If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.'”

You see, harmony has to be protected as much as it is to be encouraged. Yes it can be difficult, but in the end, it can make everyone closer and stronger when done it’s done in the way the Bible tells us to do it!

Father help me live in harmony with others! Help me challenge others to live above reproach first by doing so myself. Let me be an encourager and protector so I can live in harmony with you and others. I pray these things in Jesus Name, Amen! 

When you read Romans 15 what speaks to you?

 

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