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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

ROMANS 15  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 01 February 2019

We are going to see Paul continues the discourse of the 14 chapter, concerning mutual forbearance in indifferent things; he draws towards a conclusion of the epistle. Where such differences of apprehension, and consequently distances of affection, are among Christians, there is need of precept upon precept, line upon line, to allay the heat, and to beget a better temper. The apostle, being desirous to drive the nail home, as a nail in a sure place, follows his blow, unwilling to leave the subject till he has some hopes of prevailing, to which end he orders the cause before them and fills his mouth with the most pressing arguments. We may observe, in this chapter, I. His precepts to them. II. His prayers for them. III. His apology for writing to them. IV. His account of himself and his own affairs. V. His declaration of his purpose to come and see them. VI. His desire of a share in their prayers.
Romans 15 Shows and tells us how important it is Bearing Others’ Burdens 
We then who are strong ought to bear with the [a]scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.We who are mature or that are walking with the Lord need to understand there are those who are new and therefore weak in faith and should help them with out condemning, but love; help. One can’t be put down and expected to grow to maturity, we need to encourage and uplift one another especially today. The Lord bore or put up with His disciples many times, and that is what needs to happen in the family of God, for we are all special with many burdens especially with what is going on today with the media.  Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to [b]edification.It is important we have love for one another being a part of the Kingdom of God as God loves us all and we need to honor and respect one another as good as we do ourselves. Not ourselves as better than anyone else, so our trust in one another is important to edification; building up encouraging is really denying ourselves of pr(i)de; making us pr(o)ud that is needing others. That is having the ability to please one another working together in unity just like our bodies parts work together for all are needed. We can’t cross one another disagree with one another without suffering and our Government is suffering for some think they have more power than others. We have to come to grips we are all different but need to work for the good of one another so we can get along and have peace like God created us to do.How amiable and comfortable a society would the church of Christ be if Christians would study to please one another, as now we see them commonly industrious to cross, and thwart, and contradict one another! Please his neighbornot in everything, it is not an unlimited rule; but for his good, especially for the good of his soul: not please him by serving his wicked wills, and humoring him in a sinful way, or consenting to his enticements, or suffering sin upon him; this is a base way of pleasing our neighbor to the ruin of his soul: if we thus please men, we are not the servants of Christ; but please him for his good; not for our own secular good, or to make a prey of him, but for his spiritual good.—To edification, that is, not only for his profit, but for the profit of others, to edify the body of Christ, by studying to oblige one another. The closer the stones lie, and the better they are squared to fit one another, the stronger is the building. Now observe the reason why Christians must please one another: For even Christ pleased not himself. The self-denial of our Lord Jesus is the best argument against the selfishness of Christians. Observe,
(1.) That Christ pleased not himself. He did not consult his own worldly credit, ease, safety, nor pleasure; he had not where to lay his head, lived upon alms, would not be made a king, detested no proposal with greater abhorrence than that, Master, spare thyself, did not seek his own will (John 5:30), washed his disciples’ feet, endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, troubled himself (John 11:33), did not consult his own honor, and, in a word, emptied himself, and made himself of no reputation: and all this for our sakes, to bring in a righteousness for us, and to set us an example. His whole life was a self-denying self-displeasing life. He bore the infirmities of the weak, Heb. 4:15.
 

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” God sent His Son: Jesus to do God way so Christ did not want to just please Himself but His Father God even through He knew he was going to suffer reproach from His own people the Jews in a Roman Government. For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the [c]patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.The Bible was written that we might see, hear and understand God His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit want to give us patience for things do not just happen overnight, and it is important to see life takes time to grow, it does not happen overnight. Now that is a comforting thought for we are growing in the vine and hoping God can be trusted to help up produce goodwill and peace toward all.
Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now is up to you to cast yourself down before the Lord and let Him mold and make you into that vessel that has patience that is able to be comforted so you can comfort someone else. As being a part of the family of God we have many privileges and one is we are of one body, soul and spirit that is always crying out to God for Patience and comfort so we can be of one mind set. Not my will, but your will be done, oh Lord. We are not the ones that get the glory, but to God be the honor and the praise for God is the one whose hands are always reaching out to us, to come and abide with Him.
Glorify God Together
Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received [d]us, to the glory of God. When we are in the same family it is necessary we receive one another,just like we would want to be received. God sent His Son to die for all, for He created all and loves all, but do all love the Lord? We receive one another regardless of how perfect or unperfect one may be in a family, in order to live with a spirit of togetherness. The greater the need of someone the greater the need to love them. Look at the Churches today and one important truth stands out, the people who are dedicated to the Lord are abiding in the Lord and producing goodwill and peace to all they meet.    Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a [e]servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name.” The Lord has become a servant to the circumcision that is all who have allowed the Lord to cut out all the unnecessary baggage we carry that addicts and prevents us from running the race. So, the truth is never known till a person knows the saving power of the Lord who saves us from the death of sin. The wages of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life. We are really dead men walking in the spirit of the Lord becoming a new creation by the Potter, the Lord. Salvation is for all but it takes one to become committed to the truth of Gods word to be glorified in what we do and say. The Lord is proud of His own and wants us to be proud of who we are; children of God growing up to become more and more like Him. 
10 And again he says:
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!” That is, you right where you are, rejoice, your alive, breathing seeing, smelling, eating and hearing life all around you that is precious among the ugly things going on all around us. Your imagination, conscience, reason, memory and affection are aware of good from evil and your faith, hope, reverence, worship is centered around prayers directed toward God, His Son and the Holy Spirit of God.
11 And again: “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!” 
Laud Him, all you peoples!” Thank the Lord God is interested in everyone and wants us to claim the privilege of belonging to His Family in the Kingdom of God. One needs to see that this is new for the Gentiles were out of touch but when they too accept the Lord, His mercy grants them the right to be adopted into the family of God, which cause one to Praise the Lord. TO BE CONTINUED


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