For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”
And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.”
And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Scripture is given for instruction. We instruct to produce knowledge, growth and change. Working from scripture we encourage and become one. This unity is that we serve one God and him only. Self is defeated and we become one in spirit. Where there is unity there can be no division. As seen before this, judging one another leads to division and therefore is anti-unity and anti-God. The love of God and his mercy extended to all brings us together. If God extends mercy, who are we to withhold it through judging? Out of Israel came Christ who brings unity through his selfless act extending it outward to any who will receive. We have knowledge of this from the study of scripture and personal experience with the Lord. As we radiate his love, mercy and hope all those around receive the benefit of his warmth and light.