Scripture: Romans 11-13. 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 11-13, as Paul continues his message to the Romans, speaking about the remnant of Israel, how all Israel will be saved, praise to God, personal responsibility, how to live as redeemed people in this fallen world, the act of love, and submission to authorities.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Bible tells us that God chose the Jews to be the people whom the rest of this world could find His gift of salvation. We are saved through our faith in Jesus. We must accept this wonderful gift from our Heavenly Father with thankfulness and praise. God is everywhere and sees everything; He knows our hearts, needs, and desires. God deserves our constant praise, for Romans 8:28 tells us that “God works for the good of those who love Him.” We must not worry as much about how others view us; what matter more is our true value in God’s eyes, for He is our Creator, and He loves us more than we could ever imagine! God gives us all unique gifts and talents. As we work together with others and their God-given gifts, we can build Christ’s church. We can use our gifts to help others, as well. God wants us to put others before ourselves and to forgive others, as He has forgiven us. God tells us that we are to love our enemies. We are to love God and our neighbors. Love is key in this fallen world. What the world needs so badly is love. Reach out to someone today, and let them see God’s love through you!
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.