Devotions for August 10, 2016

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Romans 15:3-6 (MSG)

That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. 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. 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!

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What two phrases does Paul use to describe how God relates to us, that should characterize us?

Q: Have you experienced God’s “steady, constant calling” or “warm personal counsel”? If so, What effect has this produced in your life? If so, what affect can it produce in your life?

Q: How does this help us when we are deep in troubles? How can you relate to people in this same way this week?

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