Bible: Romans 15:4-13

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 1  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 2  on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 3  15:9 and thus the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. 4  As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” 5  15:10 And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” 6  15:11 And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him.” 7  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.” 8  15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, 9  so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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