Bible: Romans 15:1-14
Exhortation for the Strong to Help the Weak
15:1 But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. 1 15:2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. 15:3 For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 2 15:4 For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. 15:5 Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another 3 in accordance with Christ Jesus, 15:6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Exhortation to Mutual Acceptance
15:7 Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. 15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised 4 on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 5 15:9 and thus the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. 6 As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” 7 15:10 And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” 8 15:11 And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him.” 9 15:12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, and the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in him will the Gentiles hope.” 10 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, 11 so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul’s Motivation for Writing the Letter
15:14 But I myself am fully convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, 12 that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.