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Weekly Bible: Romans Chapter 1
Roman, what a significant book. There is a lot of things coming at the reader in the very first chapter. Below are the verses that stood out to me.

My bible edition is ESV.

Romans 1:1
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Servant (slave or bondservant). I never really thought of myself as a slave of Christ. At first, the word "slave" has a negative cogitation does it not? Paul has no problem calling himself a slave of Christ nor should I.

Romans 1:11
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.

This verse reminds me of Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Paul, who wrote Romans and a good junk of the New Testament, has no problem admitting that he still lacks in many areas and wants to be encouraged by his fellow believers.

I look forward to be encouraged by those of you on here as well!

Roman 1:13
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

This is the verse that stuck out the most to me. I am first to admit that I find myself not being as "vocal" in my faith to people at work and whatnot. Far too many times I've held in what I wanted to say to people who I come in contact with in regards to the gospel. Partly because I still feel like a newb in faith. I know that I am not listening to God but instead listening to the enemy and his lies. The enemy knows my weaknesses and insecurities and exploits them to his fullest. I've been praying for God to take away the insecurities and start listening to him more.

As a Christian I feel that we will always be put to shame for believing in what we do by the world. We will be called intolerant and ignorant on certain issues but we should NEVER be ashamed for our faith.

Romans 1:19
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

For those that do not believe in Jesus, they choose not to believe despite the good things around them because God has shown it to them. Now an unbeliever might say "But what about all the bad things?". I would say, Why dwell on the the negative things and look around at what is good around you. What is bad are the result of the "original sin" or the what man has perverted.

Romans 1:22
22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Man's pride is what comes to mind here. I have turned my back against God and wanted nothing to do with Jesus when growing up because which was foolish. I worshiped other things instead of Him. Dare I say that at one point it was my coupe that was my idol. We all have turned our back to God. But I pray that the hearts that are currently hardened towards God, that He soften them and show Himself to them.
Romans 3:23
English Standard Version (ESV)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
I'll hop in on chap 2
Why is it that I have difficulty getting into the Word daily? I remember when I was going to get boosted and I would get up early before work and research what I needed. Yet, I cannot do the same regarding the Scriptures?
Romans 3:23
English Standard Version (ESV)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 2:1
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

This verse reminds me of the grade school comeback when someone calls you a name. "It takes one to know one."

I will admit that I continue to struggle with judging others but The Lord keeps reminding me of this verse. In the end I am no better than anyone else as I am a sinner just as much as the next person. In God's eye a sin is a sin.
Romans 3:23
English Standard Version (ESV)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

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