December 5, 2018

Please, Accept, and Tell

Romans 15

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The Example of Christ

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

  “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
    and sing to your name.”

10 And again it is said,

  “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

  “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
    and let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again Isaiah says,

  “The root of Jesse will come,
    even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
  in him will the Gentiles hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers,1 that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, 21 but as it is written,

  “Those who have never been told of him will see,
    and those who have never heard will understand.”

Paul's Plan to Visit Rome

22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected,2 I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing3 of Christ.

30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.


[1] 15:14 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 30
[2] 15:28 Greek sealed to them this fruit
[3] 15:29 Some manuscripts insert of the gospel

Please, Accept, and Tell

Bio | Riley Campion

Hello! My name is Riley, and God has blessed me with a wonderful family: Brian, Cindy, Emerson, and Wyatt. I saw my need for a Savior when I was in third grade. Since then, I have grown in my relationship with Christ through His Word, family, and friends! I am grateful to be a daughter of the One True King!

I enjoy soccer, running, getting messy while baking, and the outdoors!

I serve in Starting Blocks and love seeing the smiles on the kids' faces, plus cleaning gooey goldfish off the tables!

Central Truth

As Christians, we are called to be both unified with each other and, in our mission, to tell others about Jesus!

Devotional | Romans 15

Paul says lots of good things at the beginning of this chapter! He mentions that we need to please others over pleasing ourselves, but not over pleasing God. Because people pleasing is a struggle of mine, pleasing...

Paul says lots of good things at the beginning of this chapter! He mentions that we need to please others over pleasing ourselves, but not over pleasing God. Because people pleasing is a struggle of mine, pleasing others over myself comes easy to me. However, there are times when I choose to please others over pleasing God. Galatians 1:10 and Philippians 2:1-4 remind me that I am not to please man over God; rather, I am to have humility and seek to look out for others before myself. It is selfishness that leads me into people pleasing, as it is easier to submit to the desires of others than to take the time, energy, and wisdom to please God.

My small group has about 20 girls and three leaders. God made each of us unique with different talents, abilities, backgrounds, and personalities. The amazing thing is that God views all of us as His children. We are called to accept one another as Christ accepts us. When we do this, we bring "glory to God" (Romans 15:7). Through my small group, I have learned that people are different from me and that is a good thing. God doesn't want us all to be the same for a reason!

With both of these things in mind, we need to come together as a Church to preach the Word of God. Each of us has been called to go and make disciples (see Matthew 28:19). Sharing the Word of God can be a challenge, and Paul knows that for sure! But it doesn't stop him. Telling others about Christ is something that sounds easy, but, in the moment, is tough. I have been afraid to share the gospel because of what people will think of me (thanks to the people pleasing), but that is not a good excuse. We all might not have the gift of evangelism, but we all are called to tell others about Christ.

So let's all PAT each other:

  • Please others before ourselves,
  • Accept each other, and
  • Tell others about the Good News!

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Discussion Questions

1. Do you tend to please others or yourself more? What does it look like to please others? What is one thing you can do today to build someone up?

2. Who do you need to accept as a brother or sister in Christ? Reach out to that person today to show him/her your love and acceptance.

3. How are you doing sharing God's love with others?

4. How can you apply Romans 15 to your daily life?

8 Comments available

Rebe Long 6 months ago

Sweet Riley, Love this Devo and encouragement this morning. I am blessed to have seen you really love others through Dallas Experience and share the gospel there. You are living out P.A.T. - keep going, sister! ~Love, Rebe

greg jones 6 months ago

Great devotional, I tend to leave my goldfish mess on the front of my shirt.

Psalms 69, Pslams 18, 2 Samuel 22, Deuteronomy 32, all these chapters should be read to appreciate how Paul is contrasting his thoughts with the thoughts of the writers of these books when quoting from them. (verses 3,9,10)

Paul’s offensive strategy to being gentiles to “obedience” is to serve them just as Christ has become a sevent to the circumcised. (V1)

I believe Paul sees life as a battle but has come to understand that physical walls and physical battles will always be defensive. Defenses are needed but they do not win over enemies, understanding and meeting needs is the offensive that wins nations over.

miriam sperring 6 months ago

Great job Riley! I love your insight and your honesty. Thanks for the reminder that we are to put others before ourselves, but that ultimately we are to serve Christ in all our interactions. Thankful for you and the way the Christ in growing you into a woman of God!

Kathy Hempel Cox 6 months ago

great acronym, Riley!!

Michael Scaman 6 months ago

The strong helping the weak. The Jews helping the gentiles. The gentiles helping the Jews. All results of grace.

In Rm 15:30-32 , Paul asks the believers in Rome to pray that 'by God’s will" Paul will come to Rome. God’s will and their prayers working together. It seems that God wills that we join in what he’s doing in part through prayer

Sue Bohlin 6 months ago

LOL! Whoops! I didn’t realize I was signed in under Ray’s account! The comment below is mine.

Ray Bohlin 6 months ago

Hi Riley, and thanks for your devo today! In reading through Romans 15 again, I focused on the opening verses about pleasing our neighbor instead of ourselves, and was struck by yet another facet of biblical love. It is SO not about warm and fuzzy feelings and emotions, but about the choice to serve others and seek their best interests. That action is often disconnected from feelings. So doing the right thing when we don’t FEEL like doing the right thing can actually be love rather than hypocrisy. We’ve got things upside down in our feelings-oriented culture!

Hugh Stephenson 6 months ago

God makes promises. Thousands of them. All of them have been or will be fulfilled.

“…Christ became a servant … in order to confirm the promises…” (verse 8)

Then Paul reminds what the purpose of God’s Word is - “…that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (verse 4)

God is in the reconciliation business. He has promised me He will always pursue me and desire to be reconciled.

Endurance is hard for me. Recently our two prodigal children are back to the shin kicks and stomach punches that wear me out. That is hard to endure. What is even harder is to know that they are unsaved. If they died today, they will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. They have zero interest in any discussion on the subject.

It’s all about surrender. May His will not mine be done. (Luke 22:42)

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