Today, we conclude our study of Paul’s epistle to the church at Rome. Paul teaches us about our pleasure here. Counterintuitively, he teaches us that pleasing others or being gracious to others is to be our focus.

Kindness

Paul addresses our kindness to each other here. He says that we should welcome each other as Christ has welcomed us. We tend to ignore these instructions about the focus we are to have on Christ. It is this focus, on knowing God, that is the key to living the Christian life. His love for us allows us to live lives of repentance and love.

Paul states that he is grateful for the work he gets to do. Paul loves life and is modeling the way that we are to enjoy life. Our best life is lived by living it with our focus on Jesus Christ while serving others. His relationship with God was such that he knew he was doing the right thing. I want this for my life. I want to be certain that I am experiencing the fullness of Jesus Christ that Paul describes.

Be Wise About Good and Evil

Paul states that he is grateful for the work he gets to do. Paul loves life and is modeling the way that we are to enjoy life. Our best life is lived by living it with our focus on Jesus Christ while serving others. His relationship with God was such that he knew he was doing the right thing. I want this for my life. I want to be certain that I am experiencing the fullness of Jesus Christ that Paul describes.

Paul closes the letter urging the Romans to be wise about good and evil. Paul’s focus on being and doing is powerful. The benediction at the end of the letter talks about the mystery that is now disclosed. This is the mystery of prophecy that has been answered by Jesus Christ. He calls God true, eternal, and wise, and he makes it clear that we are to glorify Him.

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“God’s love for us allows us to live lives of repentance and love.”

John Warren