Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
God's Sovereign Choice
1I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit— 2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, 4the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
Say what you will about Paul, but he had love in his heart for people. He knew the Jewish beliefs and traditions, actually he knew them very well. He understood that they were God's adopted people, the chosen ones. He also knew there was a knew adoption available. This adoption was for everyone to take, Jew or gentile. He states that he would offer himself up to be cut off from Christ, (and therefore God,) for the sake of his people. That is love!
Paul is willing to sacrifice all for many people he has never met, nor would likely ever meet. What are we, as the body of Christ, willing to sacrifice for others? Our time?, our money?, our safety? How much do we love?
Prayer- Lord, Help us love our neighbors, all of them, as we love ourselves. Give us the strength to show the world Your love through and in us. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.