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God's Word for Today Romans 15

May 6, 2012


Christian unity, the Word of God and prayer Romans 15

In the fourteenth chapter Paul talked about living in a loving manner towards others in the body of Christ. We recognize that people have different convictions, that not everybody is going to see the things in the same way.  If we disagree, we disagree agreeably.  Now he is continuing in thought as he begins the fifteenth chapter.  True Christian love is not selfish; we want to share with others and make others happy. In love we help younger Christians, in their spiritual development. We don’t just put up with them. we encourage them.

Be patient with weaker Christian brothers and sisters verses 1-7จงอดทนในการประพฤติต่อพี่น้องที่อ่อนในความเชื่อ 1-7

1We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

1พวกเราซึ่งมีความเชื่อเข้มแข็ง   ควรจะอดทนต่อความเชื่อของคนที่เคร่งในข้อหยุมๆหยิมๆ   และไม่ควรกระทำสิ่งใดตามความพอใจของตัวเอง

2Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

2เราทุกคนจงกระทำให้เพื่อนบ้านพอใจ   เพื่อนำประโยชน์และการพัฒนามาให้เขา

3For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”

3เพราะว่าพระคริสต์ก็มิได้ทรงกระทำสิ่งที่พอพระทัยพระองค์   ตามที่มีคำเขียนไว้ในพระคัมภีร์ว่า   คำพูดเยาะเย้ยของบรรดาผู้ที่เยาะเย้ยท่าน   ตกอยู่แก่ข้าพระองค์

4For 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.

4เพราะว่าสิ่งที่เขียนไว้ในสมัยก่อนนั้น   ก็เขียนไว้เพื่อสั่งสอนเรา   เพื่อเราจะได้มีความหวังโดยความเพียร   และความชูใจด้วยพระคัมภีร์

5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

5ขอพระเจ้าแห่งความเพียรและความชูใจ   ทรงโปรดช่วยให้ท่านมีน้ำหนึ่งใจเดียวกันตามอย่างพระเยซูคริสต์

6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

6เพื่อท่านทั้งหลายจะได้พร้อมใจกันสรรเสริญพระเจ้า   ผู้ทรงเป็นพระบิดาของพระเยซูคริสต์องค์พระผู้เป็นเจ้าของเรา

7Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

7เหตุฉะนั้นจงต้อนรับกันและกัน   เช่นเดียวกับที่พระคริสต์ได้ทรงต้อนรับท่าน   เพื่อพระเกียรติของพระเจ้า

Of course, the great example in this is our Lord Jesus Christ. He paid a tremendous price in order to minister to us. Paul quoted Psalm 69:9 to prove his point. Does a strong Christian think he is making a great sacrifice by giving up some food or drink? Then let him measure his sacrifice by the sacrifice of Christ. No sacrifice we could ever make could match Calvary.

A mature Christian is willing to give up his rights that others might be helped. He does this, not as a burden, but as a blessing. Just as loving parents make sacrifices for their children, so the mature believer sacrifices to help younger Christians grow in the faith.

Paul shared the two sources of spiritual power from which we must draw if we are to live to please others: the Word of God and prayer. We must confess that we sometimes get impatient with younger Christians, just as parents become impatient with their children. But the Word of God can give us the “patience and encouragement” that we need. Paul closed this section praying for his readers, that they might experience from God that spiritual unity that He alone can give.

This suggests to us that the local church must emphasize the Word of God and prayer. The first real danger to the unity of the church came because the Apostles were too busy to minister God’s Word and pray (Acts 6:1-7). When they found others to share their burdens, they returned to their proper ministry, and the church experienced harmony and growth.  This then, causes God to be glorified.  Disunity and disagreement do not glorify God. Abraham’s words to Lot are applicable to today from Genesis 13:8 “Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.

อับรามจึงพูดกับโลทว่า  “เราอย่าวิวาทกันเลย   อย่าให้คนเลี้ยงสัตว์ของเจ้ากับคนเลี้ยงสัตว์ของเราวิวาทกัน   เพราะเราเป็นญาติสนิท

The neighbors were watching! Abraham wanted them to see that he and Lot were different from them because they worshiped the true God. In His prayer in John 17, Jesus prayed for the unity of the church to the glory of God John 17:20-26  For more see

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