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1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: 9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. 10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. 11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. 12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, 16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: 21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. 22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; 24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company. 25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. 28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. 29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. 30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

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1 Cary W = "We each will be given an opportunity to be weak, without ability, without any strength to even move.  It is common to us all, eventually.  What one suffers, all around suffer, just as the cells within your body all respond to any trauma or crisis.  When we are strong, we will best be suited to be His servants to those who are weak, and unable."
2 Enakshi Ganguly = "Pleasing Others and Praising Gods"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = ""People with a strong *faith should support those whose *faith is weak. Paul includes himself with the ‘strong’ when he says ‘we’. We should encourage other people. Paul did not mean that we should praise a person in an untrue way. And we should not encourage that person to continue his wrong acts. Instead, we should always act to help him and to encourage his *faith to grow. *Christ did not please himself... *Christ suffered because he was serving God. The insults that people gave to God came to *Christ."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
4 Enakshi Ganguly = "Youth Group Activities"
5 Deena E = "Good point, Enakshi. In light of the previous chapter, I think Paul was also referring to those who abstain from certain things (like certain meats and wine) as having weaker faith. And those who don't abstain from these things, but gratefully thanking God for them and receive them as a blessing of stronger faith. Those of "stronger faith" should abstain in the presence of those who have a "weaker faith" in honor of their "weaker" brother's/sister's desire to honor God--thus bearing their infirmities with them, not seeking after their own pleasure."
6 Cary W = "God in His great compassion and understanding of our human foolishness took great effort to speak through a series of men and peoples, and assemble for us a collection of divine words, prophecies, commands and revelations that we may have peace, patience, and hope from His scriptures, the Bible."
7 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Because he has used words from the *Old Testament, Paul speaks about the purpose of the *scriptures. The study of the *scriptures will show how God has acted in the past to rescue his people. So the *scriptures will encourage Christians. The *Old Testament speaks about God’s *faithful love. And it promises to Christians ‘a future and a hope’ (Jeremiah 29:11). The hope that God gives will never disappoint us. Paul prays that, with the help of God, Christians may live in agreement with each other. If the Christians do not argue, their church will be strong. Together, they will be able to declare the *gospel in a powerful manner. And they will bring *glory to God."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
8 Cary W = "To be like-minded is to not only be cognizant of our common humble place with God...grace and mercy, but to also recognize God's Chosen in each other!"
9 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul repeats his command to give a welcome to other Christians...*Christ has given a welcome to them. So Christians should give a welcome to other Christians. When Christians show their love for each other, God will receive honour."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
10 Cary W = "Taking this scripture to the heart of every relationship requires His power and grace and vision, for it really does say we should receive each other just as Christ received us....into and unto the Glory of God.  That is Kingdom Living."
11 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Christ became a servant for two reasons:1. His life showed that we can trust God. God had do the things that he promised to *Christ’s *Jewish *ancestors. Zechariah, in his song of praise, remembered God’s promises. God told Abraham that he (God) would show his kindness to his (Abraham’s) *descendants (Luke 1:73-75).2. The *Gentiles would receive God’s *mercy.Paul then uses a series of verses from all three parts of the *Jewish *Old Testament: the Law, the *Prophets and the other books. Paul is showing how the *Old Testament teaches about God’s plan for the *Gentiles. The *Gentiles would praise God because God has been kind to them. (Paul was using the *Greek translation of the *Old Testament, called the ‘Septuagint’. Paul himself would also be familiar with the original *Hebrew passages. Perhaps he used the Septuagint so that the *Gentiles would understand the words.) In Psalm 18:49, David, the king of *Israel, says that he will praise God among the *Gentiles."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
12 Enakshi Ganguly = ""This comes from the Song of Moses in the book of the law. It is Deuteronomy 32:43."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
13 Enakshi Ganguly = ""...declares that people from all nations should praise God because of his love and *faithfulness."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
14 Cary W = "Get this, that among the believing Jewish people and the believing Gentiles, we should as one be rejoicing for God is in the midst of all, believers and unbelievers alike, all for the Glory of God."
15 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Jesse was the father of David. The *Messiah came from the family of David. The *Messiah would rule the nations, who would learn to trust him (Isaiah 11:10)."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
16 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul has spoken about the hope of the *Gentiles in verse 12. So he speaks about the God who brings hope. *Faith brings joy and *peace. Paul had already spoken about joy and *peace as evidence of those who belong to God’s *kingdom...He prays that Christians will know that joy and *peace completely. The *Holy Spirit will give hope to them. And that hope will encourage their Christian life.The hope that God gives will not disappoint. Christians eagerly expect the time when *Christ will return. He will then complete their *salvation when he will give to them a *resurrection body and a new life in heaven. ‘We wait for the wonderful things that we hope for. We wait for our great God and *Saviour, Jesus *Christ’ to appear in his *glory (Titus 2:13)."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
17 Sarah Mangum = ""
18 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul calls the Christians in Rome his *brothers. He then shows that he appreciates their good qualities. He praises them in a fond manner. He feels confident that they will understand his letter. They seem well able to teach the *gospel. And they will warn those people who are doing wrong things.In fact, Paul’s words may seem to praise the Christians in Rome a little too much. But Paul did not want to offend them. Paul had not even visited their church yet, but he had written to them in a bold way. He wondered whether he had upset them. He explained that he wrote this letter to remind them about important matters in the Christian *faith. People are quick to forget. So there are many references in the *New Testament about the need to remember. For example, 1 Corinthians 15:1; 2 Peter 1:12.Paul describes how God had made him a servant to the *Gentiles. Paul uses words which describe the *worship in the *temple. There a priest would offer a *sacrifice that pleased God. Paul considered himself as a priest who was offering a gift. The *Gentiles were like the gift that the *Holy Spirit made favourable to God. God’s law did not allow *Gentiles to enter the inner *Temple. But the *gospel changed their situation. Now the *Gentiles would have a real *relationship with God. And God’s *Holy Spirit would make them *holy."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
19 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul considers that he has received a great honour. God has used Paul to bring the *Gentiles into God’s *kingdom. This honour comes only because *Christ is working by means of Paul. Paul is speaking on behalf of *Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). By Paul’s words and actions, he has declared the Christian message. The *Holy Spirit gave Paul the power to do ‘signs and *miracles’. These showed that he was a genuine *apostle (2 Corinthians 12:12). For example, Paul ordered a man in Lystra to stand up. This man had a problem with his feet. He had never been able to walk. But when Paul ordered the man to stand, God cured the man. The man stood on his feet, and he walked (Acts 14:8-10). And God did many other *miracles when Paul prayed. For example, by Paul, God had cured many people in Ephesus (Acts 19:11-12).Paul had finished his work in the east Mediterranean area. He had declared the Christian message across the whole region. From Jerusalem to Illyricum, he had established Christian churches in all the important towns and cities. Illyricum includes parts of Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia, today."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
20 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul did not want to continue the work that other people had started. This was because Paul did not want to interrupt anyone else’s work. So Paul was like a farmer who plants seed. Or, he was like a builder who lays a good foundation (base for a building) – 1 Corinthians 3:6-10. He wanted to *preach the *gospel to people who had not heard it before. Paul uses words from Isaiah 52:15 that describe the work of God’s servant. *Christ was making these words true by means of Paul.At the beginning of his letter, Paul said that he had decided to visit Rome on many occasions. But he had not been able to do so (Romans 1:13). He did not explain what had prevented him. But now he explains the reason. It was important for him to finish his work in the east part of the *Roman world (that is, in the regions that the *Romans ruled in the east)."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
21 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul wanted to go to Spain. He hoped to *preach the *gospel ‘in the regions beyond’ Corinth (2 Corinthians 10:16). Spain, at the western end of Europe, was part of the *Roman *kingdom. It was an important place for trade. There were famous writers whom Paul perhaps could persuade to believe the *gospel message. Seneca, who became the *Emperor Nero’s chief minister, was from Spain.We do not know whether Paul actually reached Spain. However, we know that Paul reached Rome as a prisoner (Acts 28:14-16). He may have gained his freedom after two years of house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:30). (‘House arrest’ means that he lived as a prisoner in his own home.) Afterwards, Paul may have gone to Spain and worked there. However, we know that the *Romans killed Paul at some time during the rule of the *Emperor Nero."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
22 Enakshi Ganguly = ""In the immediate future, Paul made plans to go to Jerusalem. He had urged the Christians in Macedonia and Achaia (north and south Greece) to give some money to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem. Paul spoke about this Christian aid in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 and 2 Corinthians 8:1-14. The Christians in Jerusalem may have been poor because of a lack of food in the region. Agabus gave a *prophecy about such an event (Acts 11:28). Or perhaps the poor Christians had no work. Perhaps they had lost their jobs when they became Christians."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
23 Enakshi Ganguly = ""There were several reasons why Paul wanted the *Gentile churches to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem:1. The leaders of the church in Jerusalem had agreed that Paul would work among the *Gentiles. But they asked that he and Barnabas should continue to help poor people (Galatians 2:9-10).2. Paul thought that the *Gentiles had a debt to the *Jews. *Jews had *preached the *gospel to them. The *Gentiles had received *spiritual *blessings when they heard it. Now the *Jews were poor and they needed help. So it was right that the *Gentiles should help to provide for the *Jews.3. The gift would help to unite *Jewish and *Gentile Christians. It would remind them both that they were part of a world-wide church.4. It would show that Christians had a practical *faith. Christians were aware of other people’s problems and they acted to help them."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
24 Sara Di Diego = "Work Cited:http://www.bible-history.com/geography/maps/map_achaia.html"
25 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul wanted to go with the Christians from the different churches (Acts 20:4). They would hand over the gift in Jerusalem. When Paul had done this, he intended to travel to Rome on his way to Spain. Probably he thought that Rome would be a useful place for his work. There were good roads from Rome to many other important cities. And there was already a large church in Rome. Paul hoped that the Christians in Rome would help him on his journey. He did not intend to stay in Rome for a long time."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
26 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul knew that there was danger for him in Jerusalem. The Christians in Caesarea had tried to stop him so that he would not go. But he refused to change his plans (Acts 21:10-14). He needed prayer for two reasons:1. He knew that the *Jews in Jerusalem would oppose him. Years before, he himself opposed the Christian *faith strongly. Then, after Paul became a Christian, he had spoken in Jerusalem about his new *faith. People had plotted to kill him. So Paul had left Jerusalem and he had returned to Tarsus (Acts 9:28-30).2. He was not sure how the *Jews would accept the gift from the *Gentile churches. Some *Jewish Christians may have been unhappy about this gift. Paul had taught the *Gentile Christians that they did not have to obey the *Jewish laws. And those *Jewish Christians considered their law to be very important. So they might refuse the gift because Paul was bringing it.Paul asked for prayer because they all belonged to the same *Lord Jesus *Christ. They had the *Holy Spirit, who gave them love for each other."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
27 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul prayed that he would reach Rome. But he said, ‘if God wants’. He had said this at the beginning of his letter (1:10). Prayer helps us to agree with God’s purposes. If he did reach Rome, Paul and the Christians in Rome would be a help to each other.We think that the *Jewish Christians accepted the gift. Luke does not mention it when he describes Paul’s arrival in Jerusalem. But Luke records what Paul told the ruler called Felix. Paul said that he had returned to Jerusalem to bring gifts to help poor people (Acts 24:17).Paul’s prayer for safety had a different answer. The *Jews in Jerusalem caused trouble for him. The *Romans had to rescue him. But the *Romans did not free him. Instead, they kept him in prison. They later sent him to Caesarea because of a plot to kill him. After a series of court meetings, and more than two years in prison, he appealed to the *Emperor. So Paul went to Rome as a prisoner. Instead of a brief stay, he spent two years there. He was under house arrest. In other words, he lived in his own home, but a *Roman soldier did not allow him to leave. But he was able to receive visitors. Also he *preached to his *Roman guards (Acts 28:16-31)."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"
28 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Paul blesses the Christians in Rome. He prays that God will cause them to be calm and content."Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/romans-lbw.htm"