Read Judges 9, Lamentations 3, and Romans 15 today. This devotional is about Romans 15.
Unlike Paul’s other letters, Romans (and Colossians) were written to churches Paul did not start and had not visited at the time he wrote. Paul knew some of the believers in the church at Rome (see Rom 16:3, 5, 7-10) but not all or even most.
Here in Romans 15, Paul expressed his confidence in the believers at Rome. As he wrote in verse 14, “I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”
Despite his confidence in them spiritually, he conceded in verse 15 that he had “written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again.” This reminds us that strong Christians need to hear direct, even confrontational application of God’s word to our lives. No matter how much we grow in grace, we will still have points of ignorance, personal blindspots, and areas where obedience is a struggle. Our faith in Christ should give us the humility to receive correction in these areas and to use them to help us grow stronger for the glory of God.
Have you received some uncomfortably direct teaching recently, maybe in the form of a message or in a personal conversation from another believer? Our tendency in those moments is self-defense and maybe that was your initial reaction. On further reflection, however, if you see the wisdom and truth of the words that were spoken to you, have the humility to receive them and put them into practice in your life.