St. Paul traveled far and wide driven by an intense desire to spread the love of Jesus risen.In the midst of all his journeys he finds time to leave letters behind him, to be sure that the churches are encouraged to stay close to the risen Lord Jesus. Do you suppose that Paul realized that we’d be reading this letter almost two thousand years later?
Paul quotes verses from the Torah, the Psalms, and Isaiah that express what he longs to say in verse 4: “Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures” (15:4). Do what Paul does: find verses in this chapter that encourage you to be very close to Christ in the Holy Spirit.
Paul asks for prayers. We might forget that he, just as Jesus in his agony, needed the prayers of his disciples. What spiritual leaders do you know that need your prayers as well?
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the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
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