Scripture: Romans 8-10. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
While Paul was in Greece, he spent much of his time in Corinth. It was there that he wrote a letter to the Romans in order to introduce himself and to also make a clear statement of the Christian faith. Paul also portrayed to the Romans the sinful nature of all people and explained how forgiveness is available through faith in Jesus. Follow along as we read Romans 8-10, as Paul continues his message to the Romans, speaking about life through the Spirit, future glory, how “God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28)”, Israel’s past, present, and future, and Israel’s unbelief.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God is truly amazing, and the Bible constantly reminds us that God loves us so much that He sent His own son to die for us. Without Jesus, we would have no hope. God wants to provide for our needs in life. God has already given us more than we could ever imagine – His son Jesus, His Holy Spirit, gift of salvation/forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life. And, our Heavenly Father will never make a promise that He cannot keep. 🙂 There is a price for following Jesus; however, we must live as Jesus did by serving others and resisting the pressures around us to conform to the ways of the world. God always knows what is best for each of us, and we must trust in His timing, for it is also the best. We must not grow impatient; rather, we should place our confidence in the the One who knows what is best for us, also trusting in His goodness and wisdom. All of God’s choices for us are good, and sometimes we do not understand all of His reasons. God wants us to share His great message of salvation with others, so that we can all work together toward the betterment of His coming kingdom.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Romans, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.