15We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.G2249G1161G1415G3784G941G771G102G2532G3361G700G1438 2We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.G1063G700G1538G2257G700G4139G1519G18G4314G3619 3For even Christ didn't live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, "The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me."G1063G2532G5547G700G3756G1438G235G2531G1125G3680G3679G4571G1968G1909G1691 4Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled.G1063G3745G4270G4270G1519G2251G1319G2443G2192G1223G5281G2532G3874G1124G2192G1680 5May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.G1161G2316G5281G2532G3874G1325G5213G846G5426G240G1722G240G2596G5547G2424 6Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.G2443G1392G3661G1722G1520G4750G1392G2316G2532G3962G2257G2962G2424G5547 7Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.G1352G4355G240G2531G2532G5547G2531G4355G2248G1519G1391G2316 8Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors.G1161G3004G2424G5547G1096G1249G4061G5228G225G2316G1519G950G1860G3962 9He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote: "For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name."G1161G1484G1392G2316G5228G1656G2531G1125G1223G5124G1223G1843G4671G1722G1484G2532G5567G4675G3686 10And in another place it is written, "Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles."G2532G3825G3004G2165G1484G3326G846G2992 11And yet again, "Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles. Praise him, all you people of the earth."G2532G3825G134G2962G3956G134G1484G2532G1867G846G3956G2992 12And in another place Isaiah said, "The heir to David's throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him."G2532G3825G2268G3004G2071G4491G2421G2532G450G757G1484G1909G846G1679G1484G1679 13I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.G1161G2316G1680G4137G5209G3956G5479G2532G1515G1722G4100G1519G5209G4052G1722G1680G1722G1411G40G4151 14I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.G1161G1473G846G2532G3982G4012G5216G3450G80G3754G846G2532G2075G3324G19G4137G3956G1108G1410G2532G3560G240 15Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God's grace,G1161G80G1125G5112G5213G575G3313G5613G1878G5209G1878G1223G5485G1325G3427G5259G2316 16I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit.G3165G1519G1511G3011G2424G5547G1519G1484G2418G2098G2316G2443G4376G1484G1096G2144G37G1722G40G4151 17So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God.G2192G3767G2746G1722G2424G5547G4314G2316 18Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them.G1063G5111G3756G5111G2980G5100G3739G5547G2716G3756G2716G1223G1700G1519G1484G5218G3056G2532G2041 19They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God's Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.G1722G1411G4592G2532G5059G1722G1411G4151G2316G5620G575G2419G2532G2945G3360G2437G3165G4137G2098G5547 20My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.G1161G3779G5389G2097G3756G3699G5547G3687G3363G3618G1909G245G2310 21I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, "Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand."G235G2531G1125G3739G846G312G3756G312G4012G3700G2532G3739G191G3756G191G4920 22In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places.G1352G2532G1465G4183G1465G2064G4314G5209 23But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you.G1161G3570G2192G3371G5117G1722G575G5125G2824G1161G2192G1974G4183G2094G2064G4314G5209 24I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can provide for my journey.G5613G1437G4198G1519G4681G2064G4314G5209G1063G1679G2300G5209G1279G2532G4311G1563G5259G5216G1437G4412G1705G3313G1705G575G5216 25But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers there.G1161G3570G4198G1519G2419G1247G40 26For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem.G1063G2106G3109G2532G882G4160G5100G2842G1519G4434G40G3588G1722G2419 27They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially.G2106G1063G2532G846G3781G1526G1063G1487G1484G2841G846G4152G3784G2532G3008G846G1722G4559 28As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain.G3767G2005G5124G2532G4972G846G5126G2590G565G1223G5216G1519G4681 29And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.G1161G1492G3754G2064G4314G5209G2064G1722G4138G2129G2098G5547 30Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit.G1161G3870G5209G80G1223G2962G2424G5547G2257G2532G1223G26G4151G4865G3427G1722G4335G4314G2316G5228G1700 31Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation I am taking to Jerusalem.G2443G4506G575G544G1722G2449G2532G2443G3450G1248G3588G1519G2419G1096G2144G40 32Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.G2443G2064G4314G5209G1722G5479G1223G2307G2316G2532G4875G5213G4875 33And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.G1161G2316G1515G3326G5216G3956G281
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