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February 18 – Romans 15:7-13

In January and February, we are doing an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.

The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.

Reading: Romans 15:7-13

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
    I will sing the praises of your name.”
10 Again, it says,
“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”
11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
    let all the peoples extol him.”
12 And again, Isaiah says,
“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
    one who will arise to rule over the nations;
    in him the Gentiles will hope.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

SOAP Note

Joy, Peace, & Hope | Shiree King

Scripture

Romans 15:13

Observation

Paul concludes his discussion on unity in the church and weak versus strong believers with a prayer and blessing.  Paul requests the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace and hope over the people as reward for their trust in God.

Application

This blessing is a great encouragement for us.  We don’t have to be always “right” or behave perfectly.  Our part is to trust and have faith in God.  God’s part is to fill us with joy and peace and hope so that we continue to trust in Him.  The hope He offers is supernatural, Holy Spirit guided, and not something we can find in ourselves or in the world.

Prayer

Dear God, May You, the God of Hope, fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in You, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Please open our hearts and minds to Your truth.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.