Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
Everything that was written in the past was written to teach
us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a
spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one
heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order
to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the
Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs
so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written:
"Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing
hymns to your name."
Again, it says,
"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people."
"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and sing praises to him,
all you peoples."
And again, Isaiah says,
"The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to
rule over the nations;
the Gentiles will hope in him."
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you
trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy