161207For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might 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 confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name”; and again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”; and again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”; and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:4-13, NRSV)

All of us have hope in God. For He is the God of Hope and through the power of the Spirit we can abound in His hope.

You see there is none that is not created by God and therefore all of us have the ability to be welcomed into the family and take part in the hope that is offered. Gentiles and Jews. In the days the scriptures were written, those were the groups. Jews were and are God’s people of the Hebrew Scriptures, and the Gentiles were everyone else.

So the hope of God is available to all. Let us be a beacon of hope for all of the world. And show God’s love to all.

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