// Read: Romans 15:4-13 //
4 These things that were written in the Scriptures so long ago are to teach us patience and to encourage us so that we will look forward expectantly to the time when God will conquer sin and death.

5 May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ toward the other. 6 And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice, giving glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified. 8 Remember that Jesus Christ came to show that God is true to his promises and to help the Jews. 9 And remember that he came also that the Gentiles might be saved and give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote: “I will praise you among the Gentiles and sing to your name.”

10 And in another place, “Be glad, O you Gentiles, along with his people the Jews.”

11 And yet again, “Praise the Lord, O you Gentiles; let everyone praise him.”

12 And the prophet Isaiah said, “There shall be an Heir in the house of Jesse, and he will be King over the Gentiles; they will pin their hopes on him alone.”

13 So I pray for you Gentiles that God who gives you hope will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. I pray that God will help you overflow with hope in him through the Holy Spirit’s power within you.

Patience and faith are two powerful forces needed to walk with God as Christians. The two must be exercised in order to receive the promises in the Scriptures. It is not enough to have one of the two; faith without patience will not wait for the time of fulfillment of promise while patience without faith lacks substance. Look for the Promises of God concerning that issue and believe it in your heart and confess it with your mouth by faith and wait patiently for fulfillment.

PRAYER: Pray Romans 15:13 for yourself today.

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