Paul Writes To The Christians At
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart to
tell God's good news about Jesus Christ our Lord, to all God's loved
ones who are in Rome and have been called to be his people: Love to you,
and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
First of all I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because
your faith is reported throughout the whole world. The God whom I serve
with my spirit, as I tell the good news about his Son, is my witness how
often I speak of you in my prayers, asking that at last the way may be
opened for me to come to you, if it is God's will. For I long to see you
that I may give you some spiritual gift, that you may be strengthened;
or rather that we may each be encouraged by the other's faith, I by
yours, and you by mine.
Brothers, I also wish you to know that many times I planned to come to
you (but thus far was prevented) that I might gather some fruit from my
labors among you, as I have already in the other nations. I have a duty
to perform both to Greeks and to barbarians; both to the wise and to the
ignorant; so I am eager to tell the good news to you also who are in
Rome. I am not ashamed of the good news, for it is the power of God that
is able to save every one who believes it, the Jew first and the Greek
Do not follow the example of those who have not heard the good news, but
be made different by a complete change of mind, so that you may be able
to know what is the will of God, even what is good and perfect and
acceptable to him.
Let your love be sincere; abhor that which is evil, cling to that which
is good. In your love for your brothers, feel genuine devotion for one
another. Be eager to honor one another. Never let your zeal grow less;
keep alive your enthusiasm; serve the Lord; rejoice in your hope. Be
patient in trouble, persevering in prayer; share with fellow Christians
in need, be friendly and generous.
Bless those who persecute you, bless and curse not. Rejoice with those
who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be sympathetic with one
another. Set not your heart on high things but be ready to do humble
tasks. Do not be conceited.
Do not pay back evil for evil; aim to do what is honorable in the eyes
of all men. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with
all men. Never seek revenge, dear friends, but let God punish those who
wrong you. Therefore, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is
thirsty, give him drink, for in so doing you will heap coals of fire
upon his head. Do not let evil overcome you, but overcome evil with
Owe no man anything, except to love one another, for he who loves his
neighbor has done what the law demands. For all the commandments are
summed up in this one command: "You shall love your neighbor as
yourself." Love never wrongs a fellow man; that is why love meets all
the demands of the law.
I have, for several years, been longing to visit you when I go to Spain.
I am hoping to see you on my way there, and to be sent on my journey by
you after I have first enjoyed being with you for a time. But now I am
on my way to Jerusalem to do a service for God's people; for the
Christians in Macedonia and Greece have been good enough to make a
contribution for the poor Christians at Jerusalem.
Now I beg of you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by
the love which his Spirit inspires, that you join me in earnest prayer
to God in my behalf. Pray that I may be delivered from those in Judea
who refuse to believe in Jesus, that my mission to Jerusalem may prove
acceptable to God's people, and that I may through the will of God come
to you joyfully and find rest with you.
May the God who gives peace be with you all. Amen.
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