Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
Paul's letter to the Romans is written to help the Jewish and Gentile Christians work together in unity. Note how he begins. In Romans 1:1-6 Paul states who is he and what he has been assigned to do by Jesus Christ. In Romans 1:7 Paul tells the Roman Christians who they are and how loved and resourced they are by the Lord. In the text we will look at today Paul tells the Roman saints that he is thanking God for them and why. Paul gives us an example to follow when bringing correction to the people of God. Are you following the example of Paul when you bring correction to the Christians in your life, to your family, to individuals you are responsible for?
The Christians in the Roman church are not free from sin, but they are impacting the world for Christ. Paul has heard of the faith of the Christians in Rome in his journeys throughout the world. Paul tells the Roman Christians that he is thanking God through Jesus Christ because their faith is proclaimed in all the world. Are you thanking God for the faith of the saints you hear about. Are you telling them what we have heard about their faith and that you are thanking God for them. Are you looking for the godly things the people of God are doing or just fixing your attention on their sin?
Another example to follow is the Romans' faith that is proclaimed in all the world. Is their a geographical area that knows about your faith by what you do and what you say? Ask the Lord to move in your life to help you live such a life of faith so that those in your geographical area and beyond talk about it.