Full of hope

Those of us with strong faith should be very patient with those whose faith appears to be weak. We mustn’t just look after ourselves – we need to look out for others and do what we can to help build them up. Remember, even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As it’s written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”

In fact, everything that’s recorded in the Scriptures is there for our benefit. It’s through the Scriptures that we learn endurance. They also provide us with encouragement to wait with hope for the future.

May the God who gives us endurance and encouragement also give you that attitude to others that Christ had, so that together with one mind and one voice you will glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept each other, then, as Christ has accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For Christ made himself a servant of the Jewish people to demonstrate God’s truth, to fulfil the promises made to their ancestors, and to bring the Gentiles to God. That’s why it’s written: “I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name.”

And in another place it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, together with his people.”

And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the people of the earth praise him.”

And Isaiah said, “The heir of David will arise – he who is to rule over the nations – and in him will the Gentiles put their hope.”

So, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you put your trust in him – until you completely overflow with hope, through the power of his Holy Spirit.

Paul

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