God’s people ought to receive one another!
Read Romans 16
Now that you’ve given your life to Christ, your obedience to the faith should be known to all. Whatever you’ve to do, now matters to all – a life full of responsibilities.
It’s the church’s duty and believers as well, to receive you in the Lord, as becometh saints, and to assist you in whatsoever business you’ve need of you, (Romans 16:2).
But the reason you join a fellowship is spiritual, not materialistic. But be it the case, be assured, “the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen” (Romans 16:20). However you joined the assembly because you want God to establish you in the faith, ” according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began…” (Romans 16:20).
Believers are not ‘hearers only, they’re doers!’ That we hear, we believe and we do. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.” We live the word because we believe the word of God is alive and active.
“For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” Romans 2:13
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
So Romans 16 has believers who could actually demonstrate their faith by their works, and so underneath I’ve assembled a list of what things they could do;
- could welcome others,
- could help others in their needs,
- could work with others in the affairs of Christ.
- could risk their lives together
- could appreciate others
- could greet others
- could remember others for their good works
- could respect others
- could show love
- could shake hands warmly with each other
But beware, not everyone who comes has the same kind of zeal.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Romans 16:17
Stay away from people with wrong doctrine; who cause divisions and are always bent on upsetting other people ‘s faith.
- such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, Rom 16:18
- who by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple, Rom 16:18
“I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil,” Rom 16:19