Romans 15:5 - Harmonious Living.

Romans 15:5 (NIV) May the God who gives 
endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude 
of mind toward each other that Jesus Christ 

Romans 15:5 (ESV) May the God of endurance 
and encouragement grant you to live in such 
harmony with one another, in accord with Christ 


The Roman church was a diverse community. It 
was made up of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and 
free people, rich and poor, strong and weak. So 
it was difficult for them to accept one 
another. Accepting means taking people into our homes 
as well as into our hearts, sharing meals and 
activities, and avoiding racial and economic 
discrimination. We must go out of our way to avoid 
favoritism. Consciously spend time greeting those you 
don't normally talk to, minimize differences, and 
seek common ground for fellowship. In this way 
you are accepting others as Christ has accepted 
you, and God is given glory. [Life Application 


   Cruising along the highway I saw a giant 
banner across the back of a semitruck announcing, 
"Test in Progress." Switching lanes to bypass 
this, I was struck by this concept of preparing 
other drivers for possible mistakes by disclosing 
that the driver wasn't perfect. I wondered, If I 
wore a T-shirt emblazoned with "Test in 
Progress," encouraging people to be understanding if I 
made mistakes - not just on the road but in life 
- would people be more patient and accepting 
of my flaws and imperfections? 
   How significant, those three simple 
words: test in progress. They describe the entire 
human race. Everyone's undergoing some kind of 
test in progress. We just don't broadcast it with 
a banner on our backside. When I reflect on 
various tests in progress among my own family and 
friends, I recall struggles with addictions, income 
losses, unpaid bills, eviction threats, terminal 
illnesses. These tests, and more, are the daily reality 
for people we pass on the highway of life. 
   While I was desiring extra grace for 
myself; Jesus reminded me to have a heart of 
compassion for others. I want to have an attitude like 
Jesus for people enduring personal hardship that's 
not proclaimed on a banner. Cassandra Tiersma 
   Faith Step: Whether at home, at church, 
at work, or on the highway, consider each 
person you meet as someone undergoing a test in 
progress that you may not be aware of. Will you 
switch lanes to bypass them? Or will you offer a 
word of encouragement? Ask Jesus to give you the 
same attitude He has for others. Thank Him for 
loving and accepting us wherever we are in our test 
in progress. [Mornings With Jesus 2022 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   My husband and I recently had our 
fortieth wedding anniversary. We joked that we 
married when we were ten, since we don't feel old 
enough to have celebrated such an anniversary. 
Indeed, we did get married fairly young. 
   Through the years, harmony was 
occasionally challenging to find. On personality tests, 
we score very opposite. Ted is quiet and I'm a 
chatterbox. He's patient and easygoing. I'm extroverted 
and more tightly wound. Each of our qualities 
hold strengths and weaknesses, and we've learned 
how our traits can affect each other. We've 
worked to adapt, to view situations through the 
other's perspective, and to show love in the way the 
other appreciates it. 
   If we had spent forty years focusing 
solely on harmony with each other, we would have 
hit more sour notes. From the time we committed 
to walking through life together, it was a 
three-fold commitment. A Powerful Phrase Is Buried In 
Today's Verses From Romans: "In Accord With Christ 
Jesus." As Both Of Us Focused On Turning Our Hearts 
Toward Jesus, We Found It Easier To Resonate With 
Each Other. 
   The same is true with other relationships 
in the body of Christ. It's hard to find unity 
when we're singing from different sheet music. 
But when we align our hearts with Jesus, we find 
that, despite our many differences, we are able to 
glorify God with one voice along with our fellow 
believers. And that's a song Jesus sings with us. 
Sharon Hinck 
   Faith Step: Sing a song with someone else 
today and find a harmony. Ask Jesus to bring 
harmony to one key relationship in your life. 
[Mornings With Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   A few years ago, a family in our church 
experienced the unexpected death of their precious 
little girl. Driving over to their house, I tried 
to prepare my heart. What would I say? How 
could I comfort them? I wanted to be so strong and 
comforting for these dear people but feared I wouldn't 
be able to control my own sadness. So I prayed 
and asked God to direct everything I would say 
or do. 
   After knocking on the door, I breathed 
deeply and walked in. When I saw the dad across the 
room, he immediately rose to his feet and moved 
toward me. With his full weight, he collapsed on 
me. Before I could stop it, I started crying 
with him. All I could do was hold him as we 
sobbed together. 
   For quite some time, I held him. Then we 
sat together and no one spoke. Not a word. When 
I left, I got in the car and felt like a 
massive failure. I didn't say anything to comfort 
this family. 
   A few days later I received the most 
touching note. It was from both the mom and dad who 
gushed about how much my visit had ministered to 
them. It was then I realized that presence is more 
powerful than words. Just being there, together, was 
all that mattered. 
   Today recognize that you don't have to 
say the right thing to make a big difference. 
Sometimes you just have to be present. 
   Allow me to comfort others, Lord, just by 
sharing their burdens today. Help me to show them 
your heart through my presence in the midst of 
their struggle. [Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 


1 Thessalonians 5:11 - BE AN ENCOURAGER.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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