The Lutheran Advent Season Continues
Today’s Reading Romans 14: 4-13
Many people believe the Bible does not reflect the needs of “modern man” and how can we use a book written before Facebook, iPhones and the modern world. But it does. It is full of wisdom, advice, and timeless direction.
During the Lutheran Advent season, our readings take us into the life of Jesus Christ and by Him, we are given an example of how we would live.
Christ received EVERYONE, regardless of their sins. He has mercy on those that don’t deserve it, including me.
He suffered, died, and was buried for crimes he did not commit. He showed love to those who were loveless and shunned by others. Think of the lepers, the prostitutes, the poor, and all the others that the Pharisees deemed “unworthy”
So, how can I not gladly and freely receive others?
Those who are strong ought to bear the failing of the weak. We should accept one another just as Christ accepted us in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15: 1, 7) These words were written almost 2000 years ago. God doesn’t ask us to just accept people who look like us, dress like us, or talk like us. He asks us to accept one another. Period.
Think about that for a minute, or more than a minute.
Christ was sent to us on Christmas as an example of how we should accept one another and love one another. This is the joy, peace, and hope of Christmas.
“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him” Romans 15:13
Advent Devotional Readings: Tuesday, 2nd Week Advent
Reading for the 2nd Week Advent, Tuesday: Romans 15: 4-13
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 29: 1-14; 13; 1 Jude 5: 1-25