“Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.
Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:5-7)
We live in a world with a lot of discord and disharmony. There is a lot of division. Sin divides us. But Jesus brings us together. Paul wrote to the church in Rome and reminded them of this. On their own, there is division and strife. But with God, there is unity.
God gives us the endurance and encouragement. He gives us the hope to come together united. This is possible through the work of Jesus Christ. Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again, is able to bring together people from all walks of life.
The other big thing in this passage is accepting. Paul is not saying we are to accept sins but we are to accept sinners because we all are sinners. But through the grace and glory of God, we have been accepted by the work on Jesus Christ and we can repent and turn to Him.
This week let us encourage one another. Let us live in harmony and let us show love and acceptance to others and as we do point them to Jesus.