We who are powerful need to be patient with the weakness of those who don't have power, and not please ourselves.
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good in order to build them up.
Christ didn't please himself, but, as it is written, The insults of those who insulted you fell on me.a4
Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures.
May the God of endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude toward each other, similar to Christ Jesus' attitude.
That way you can glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ together with one voice.
So welcome each other, in the same way that Christ also welcomed you, for God's glory.
I'm saying that Christ became a servant of those who are circumcised for the sake of God's truth, in order to confirm the promises given to the ancestors,
and so that the Gentiles could glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.b10
And again, it says, Rejoice, Gentiles, with his people.c11
And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and all the people should sing his praises.d12
And again, Isaiah says, There will be a root of Jesse, who will also rise to rule the Gentiles. The Gentiles will place their hope in him.e13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
My brothers and sisters, I myself am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and are able to teach each other.
But I've written to you in a sort of daring way, partly to remind you of what you already know. I'm writing to you in this way because of the grace that was given to me by God.
It helps me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I'm working as a priest of God's gospel so that the offering of the Gentiles can be acceptable and made holy by the Holy Spirit.
So in Christ Jesus I brag about things that have to do with God.
I don't dare speak about anything except what Christ has done through me to bring about the obedience of the Gentiles. He did it by what I've said and what I've done,
by the power of signs and wonders, and by the power of God's Spirit. So I've completed the circuit of preaching Christ's gospel from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum.
In this way, I have a goal to preach the gospel where they haven't heard of Christ yet, so that I won't be building on someone else's foundation.
Instead, as it's written, Those who hadn't been told about him will see, and those who hadn't heard will understand.f
That's why I've been stopped so many times from coming to see you.
But now, since I don't have any place to work in these regions anymore, and since I've wanted to come to see you for many years,
I'll visit you when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while I'm passing through. And I hope you will send me on my way there, after I have first been reenergized by some time in your company.
But now I'm going to Jerusalem, to serve God's people.
Macedonia and Achaia have been happy to make a contribution for the poor among God's people in Jerusalem.
They were happy to do this, and they are actually in debt to God's people in Jerusalem. If the Gentiles got a share of the Jewish people's spiritual resources, they ought to minister to them with material resources.
So then after I have finished this job and have safely delivered the final amount of the Gentiles' offering to them, I will leave for Spain, visiting you on the way.
And I know that when I come to you I will come with the fullest blessing of Christ.
Brothers and sisters, I urge you, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggles in your prayers to God for me.
Pray that I will be rescued from the people in Judea who don't believe. Also, pray that my service for Jerusalem will be acceptable to God's people there
so that I can come to you with joy by God's will and be reenergized with your company.
May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.