60 Day New Testament Journey ~ Romans 1-8

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that i may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you – that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” 1:8-12

This is how Paul start of the book of Romans. While reading just this intro there were three things that immediately came to mind, one bad and two good..

The first though was this.. The school that I go to is great! The things we are learning and the hands on ministry practice that we are getting throughout the year is right on, but when it comes to the relationships within our group of about thirty things start to feel a little rocky. This was something that I naturally did not want to talk about on here because I would hate for people to look down on our program so do not take all of this the wrong way! The program is 100 percent what it should be and they are still working at improving it.. the program is nothing short from golden! It is the people and relationships. I never imagined a world where Christians could be competitive and degrading to others, and I found that there. Of course, no one is perfect, and since we are all looking for a job there was a little competitiveness, but it got worse and worse as time went by. I started to believe that some people were simply there because the wanted the “title” and the recognition only, not because they truly just loved Jesus and wanted to serve him fully and faithfully. I am sure that I just simply misunderstood a lot of people who I did not get to make extreme connections with, but it was still a little weird..

That brings me to my second thought on those verses.. I want nothing more in life but to have friends like Paul. Even if at the end I could find one friend that could care for me equally as much as I could care for them, or motivate, encourage, and push me as much as I would them would be the greatest thing I could ever ask for!

My last thought was this.. I needed to be more like Paul. I need to change some habits of mine, and I was not making the correct connections with people then how would I ever expect to have that kind of relationship with anyone? I realized that there was something that I was not doing at all, and that was praying for my friends everyday. I need to continuously pray for them, and I need to long and seek them, and lastly I need to listen to them and let them pour into me, as I could equally for them.

What kind of friend are you?

Tonight God has asked me to examine my relationships, every single one, and he has asked me to change my heart in the way that I approach and see friends. It is too often that I am told by preachers and pastors all around that I need to be Jesus to others, but maybe all along I was doing it wrong and I was really being the Jenna that I thought could pass as acceptable to God. I have admitted the faults I have and will strive to have better connections with people. This is my start!

“For all have sinned and fall shot of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” 3:23-24

That is all for today’s devo. I hope you have had a grand day!! I absolutely love you all! Until next time 🙂

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