Romans 15:8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name." 10 And again it is said, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people." 11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him." 12 And again Isaiah says,, "The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope." 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Please notice that the Apostle Paul uses the Scriptures to show that the Lord has chosen the Gentiles to be His people along with the Jews. Who are the Gentiles? Gentiles are everyone who is not a Jew. Gentiles are adopted into God’s family when they repent of their sin and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9). All the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Jew and Gentile enter God’s family the same way and are brothers and sisters. Paul gives ample evidence of God’s intention to include all people in His family. All need to work together to accomplish God’s purposes of seeking and saving the lost and building up each believer in love.
A great prayer that is God’s will is given in Romans 15:13. As we daily pray this we will see our local churches experiencing God’s joy, peace and overflowing hope as they trust in the Lord (Note: “in believing” can be accurately translated “as you trust” in verse thirteen).
Have you begun to pray with Paul the prayers given us in Romans 15:5-6, 13? Persevere in prayer and you will observe changes in your local church. Is what you say backed by Scripture? People don’t need our opinions. They do need God’s truth.