"Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge able also to admonish one another." Romans 15:14
We believers have the solid hope on the Messiah' return. He is the solid Rock on which we stand. The fullness of joy and peace comes through believing that He is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him alone.
Our continual belief toward and in Him fills us with peace - for He is our answer to all things pertaining to this life and the life to come.
Do you want joy and peace in this life? Then get your eyes off your circumstances and back on His promises found throughout His written word!
This very simple admonition reminds me of the chorus to a well known hymn; "Turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face and the things on earth will go strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."
What kind of fruit will our seeking Him in joy and peace produce? Hope that continually overflows! (Romans 8:24-25)
This biblical hope has nothing to do with earthly ends such as retirement funds, always perfect circumstances or material gain but rather, that we will reign with the Messiah always! This becomes our hope beyond the grave too!
Our key verse in Romans 15:14 deals with admonishing one another so the we are "full of goodness and filled with knowledge." Often times, we see the work of admonishing in the light of confrontation of sin. But, in this case - we admonish each other as a reminder of what we already have in Christ Jesus!
Admonishing one another takes on a very loving aspect that produces in the hearer a peace, joy and hope:
It is parental. (1 Corinthians 4:14-16 and Ephesians 6:4)
It is historical. (1 Corinthians 10:11)
It is spiritual. (Colossians 1:28)
It is confrontational (1 Thessalonians 5:14, 2 Thessalonians 2:14 and Titus 3:10)
The whole goal of admonishing one another should always be motivated by the desire to see the hearer have peace, joy and hope!
We though, can be very opinionated and not very loving either! Sometimes, we introduce traditions into our admonishing one another instead of focusing on the goal of seeing our Lord's sweet face one day!
I had always been raised in a very conservative home where only old hymns were sung. But, as I grew older and wiser in the Lord and His word, I came to realize the peace, joy and hope I had in Christ had nothing to do with the style of music sang but rather - the overflow of our Lord's promises established in my heart!
Imagine this mind set in the light of Romans 15:13-14. People sometimes build there ministry objectives on vain man made traditions versus the building up of one's peace, joy and hop
e built upon God's spiritual admonishments!
Close and Personal:
1. Have we had to admonish someone but decided not too because you thought it was not your "calling?"
2. Are we being motivated to admonish one another in order to produce guilt or to produce joy, peace and hope?
"My dear Heavenly Father, I just want to thank you for your love and kindness to us your children! You never cease to amaze me at the longsuffering you have had towards me your daughter! Dear Lord will you give us a love for the brethren and even those that are different than us and may we keep you in the forefront of our lives! We love you Lord and I can't wait to see you! In the name of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen."