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Making Room: A Study of Biblical Hospitality: Day 7

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Today's Text: Romans 15:5-6

Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to carry God-breathed truth, instruction, and reproof wherever we go.

In this study of hospitality we will memorize Romans 15:5-7, a passage that focuses on glorifying God and living in harmony with one another. We will start by memorizing verses 5-6.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—Romans 15:5-6

Write this passage down and post it on your mirror or at your desk, in your car or on the fridge—anywhere you’ll see it often. Save the image below as your phone’s lock screen so you can read these words of truth throughout the day.

We want to be a community that is intentional about Scripture memorization. Will you join us? 4-MakingRoom-1

  • Kensley Goodman

    No person on earth is your enemy because of the love of Christ. We are to love one another and glorify God together regardless of race, background, ethnicity, or gender as long as we have one thing in common and that is being saved.

  • I just read The Message version of this verse as well, and I really enjoy the imagery it provides!

    5 May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. 6 Then we’ll be a choir – not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

  • Hannah Onley

    Having a really hard time tonight! I spent all day memorizing this verse and I believe and feel the weight of its truth in my heart, knowing and feeling that in so many relationships. Recently though a repeat situation with a friend has come up. Poor communication and negativity are really upsetting me and making it harder for me to love her the way that this verse is calling us to.
    She is a believer also and tension in this relationship is not uncommon.
    Where is the line for respecting myself and my heart, and guarding it for real, intentional community and not letting my feelings get hurt repeatedly by the same person — and loving them with Jesus’ love but maybe not being as close anymore?
    Long question but any advice is helpful!!

    • KatieC

      Love the book Boundaries when thinking about relationship issues like that. There is a difference between extravagant forgiveness and remaining in abusive relationships. (Which may be too strong of language here!) Boundaries can help us help others too. We can help our friends and family know they are harming us, rather than silently allowing wrong. I hope this is helpful :)

      • Hannah Onley

        Yes so helpful thank you!! I have heard great things about that book!

  • A good site for memorizing Scripture is memverse.com
    It is designed to remind you on a specific schedule that has been shown to help you retain information. Great little site designed by some wonderful people who love the Lord Jesus.

  • I have never memorized scripture (well, with the exception of John 3:16, and the story of the Nativity that Linus reads from Charlie Brown Christmas), it’s not part of how I learned to worship, but it had always been something that amazes me. I look forward to learning this verse and hope it’s the first of many!

  • Churchmouse

    This passage in Romans is to believers for believers. There was still tension between Jewish and Gentile followers of Christ. Paul implores them to set aside their differences and live harmonious lives. Thus God would be glorified by their one voice. Sometimes for unity, I have to endure differences, and at all times, for unity, I have to encourage myself and others to press on to be faithful disciples. I pray today that I would be patient with other believers, distributing His grace, for the greater good of living in harmony. My pride falls when I take a fellow pilgrim’s hand.

  • He wants all of our voices, even those with whom it’s hard for me to be “in harmony.”

  • Divine endurance and encouragement allows me to stay in the room even when I disagree, and glorifying Christ is our ultimate aim together.

  • We can live in harmony with one another and glorify God by doing so when we allow the qualities of the God of endurance and encouragement become who we are…dependably steady and warmly personal (msg version romans 15:5)

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