Poured in, Poured Out, Romans 15
A definite theme has been running through the last couple chapters of Romans--love and support one another. Romans 15 starts out with the important aspect of supporting those who are weak and perhaps have failed. Don't be critical of others. When people who seem to always be critical of others it makes me wonder in themselves what they are dealing with or trying to hide. It is so important for us to love in such a way that others are encouraged and lifted up. I know this is not always an easy task but Paul gives us great insight in verse 13 how this is possible!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may OVERFLOW with hope by THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!" What a difference the movement of the Holy Spirit makes in our lives. This also refers back to Romans 5:5, "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit he has given us." How very crucial it is in our daily lives that we are continually filled with the Holy Spirit and listen to the voice of God to lead us, strengthen us, and help us along the way! God continually pours into us so that in turn we will have the ability to pour into others! During this time of separation, who have you poured God's love in to? Who have you called to encourage and give hope to? Have you written an encouraging note to someone? Have you prayed for anyone lately that they might be strengthened and lifted closer to Jesus? Let's keep pouring out and God will keep pouring in!