Something Beautiful

Paul starts all his letters with such encouragement, you can tell that he really cares about and loves the people to whom he is writing. Even if he ends up correcting or rebuking them, he starts from a place of love where he wants only what is best for them. He tells them how much they are loved by God and sends them grace and peace.

I think too often we read the Bible, especially Paul’s letters, expecting to find criticism and condemnation. We read it as if it’s going to be a list of ‘must do better’ items like a school report or a job review. But Paul’s letters are actually full of encouragement that we can take for ourselves and also extend to others.

Paul repeatedly says that he is praying for the ones he writes to, and this chapter of Romans is no different. I am awed by the creativity the Holy Spirit demonstrates as He inspires Paul with words that ought to make us glow with joy as we recognise what God has done and can do – and indeed wants to do – in our lives.

9-10 For I call God as my witness—whom I worship in my spirit and serve in making known the gospel—He alone knows how often I mention you in my prayers. I find myself constantly praying for you and hoping it’s in God’s will for me to be with you soon. 11 I desperately want to see you so that I can share some gift of the Spirit to strengthen you. 12 Plus I know that when we come together something beautiful will happen as we are encouraged by each other’s faith.

Romans 1:10-12

This is not just Paul angling for a trip to Rome; as a dedicated follower of Jesus, he’s not writing empty words. He had committed his whole life to serving the Lord, he calls himself a slave of Christ Jesus in verse 1, so we can be sure he seeks to always pray in line with God’s will. He knows that nothing encourages a person more than seeing and hearing other people’s faith. So he wants to physically get with these believers and let God’s power be demonstrated through him and also through them. He knows there’s the potential for something beautiful when Christians gather together.

One amazing thing about Paul is his humility; we revere him as a great – perhaps the greatest – apostle, but as we read his words, as we see his heart we find he wants only to share the good news about Jesus wherever, whenever and with whoever he can. It’s not about him being made famous but about all of us being strengthened and growing together.

The Kingdom of God doesn’t have ‘A-list’ celebrities and then the rest of us. Each and every one of us are precious and valued in His sight. The things we that read Paul did we can do too, whether it is to encourage each other to be strong, heal the sick or preach the gospel. It’s the same Spirit in him that lives in us. When we read what Paul says to the Roman church we can apply it to ourselves because that’s why the Holy Spirit inspired it for them in the first century and for us today and for all the generations in between.

The things we that read Paul did we can do too, whether it is to encourage each other to be strong, heal the sick or preach the gospel. It’s the same Spirit in him that lives in us. When we read what Paul says to the Roman church we can apply it to ourselves because that’s why the Holy Spirit inspired it for them in the first century and for us today and for all the generations in between.

When we read what Paul says to the Roman church we can apply it to ourselves because that’s why the Holy Spirit inspired his words for the Christians in the first century, for us today and for all the generations in between.

Let’s be like Paul and love and encourage each other, exhort each other to do the things God has prepared for us. Let’s see that beautiful thing in each other and be inspired to let God do the same in ourselves.

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