How do you help people succeed?
I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Paul is using the grace given him by God to build the local Roman church up in love. Notice that he acknowledges the capability of the believers to instruct one another and tells them that they are full of goodness and all knowledge.
Do you preface your corrections by first listing the assets of the people you are correcting? Or do you just point out the corrections with no mention of the peoples assets? Which way would you like to be corrected? Are you using the grace given to you to build up the local church?
Paul was gifted by God to see how the Roman local church should be (preferred future), how they were (current reality), and what was needed to get the saints (believers) from their current reality to their preferred future. He used the grace given him by God to write boldly to them to remind them of the truth they knew.
Do you ever need to be reminded of what you already know?
All of us need reminders. Your gifting as a believer allows you to see specific needs of believers you can meet and boldly offer help (God’s grace) to meet their need.
Are you boldly offering the help? Or are you looking at the need and complaining?
When we see a local church’s need, we need to meet the need, not complain about the need to others. If each believer served other believers using the gifts of grace given to them by God, the local church would become much more effective in accomplishing its purpose of seeking and saving the lost and building up each saint in love.
What points do you need to boldly address in your local church to meet the needs of the saints?
When you know the answer, then act! Do something.
May you distribute the grace of God by serving the people of God.
Remember, we gather to give as well as receive. (1 Peter 4:10)
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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