by: Wesley Thomas
Verse of the Day, March 25, 2020
Romans 15:5–6 (NASB95)
5Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul teaches us the principle of protection. If you had the power to protect your neighbor, friend, or family from the coronavirus, would you use it? Paul prays for God to give the power of protection to believers in Rome. The same principle of protecting others, from suffering the effects of sin, applies to protect others from the coronavirus.
Protecting harmony among God's community comes with a cost. We must pray for each other to have a selfless attitude of Christ Jesus. We must imitate Christ, by placing the wellbeing of others above our own self-interests. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Paul reminds us that Christ set used his strengths to compensate for our weakness (Romans 15:3). Defeating Covid 19 requires we reframe from some conveniences that may not harm us, so that others are protected. When I do what is best for you and you do what is best for me, we both win. You did something for me I could not do for myself and I did something for you that you could not do on your own.
Living in one accord glorifies God. Paul reminds us that living in harmony requires we accept each other in spite of our strengths and weaknesses. “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification” (Romans 15:1–2). The lesson we can learn from this pandemic is that we should go out of our way to use our differences to strengthen each other’s weaknesses.
Lord Jesus, we ask for the end of this pandemic. We ask for protection for those with preexisting conditions and weakened immune systems. Please heal those infected and comfort those who have lost love ones. Lord may we learn to work together for the good of others: “Now may the God of hope fill [us] with all joy and peace in believing, so that [we] will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Lord, we pray that when of churches reopen, we will enter the doors with a shared attitude of building each other up. Help us resist, at all costs, critic attitudes that destroy the harmony of your community. In your name, Lord Jesus, we ask “help us glorify you," amen.
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Thanks, Pastor, Wes
That was alsom spot on thanks