Read Romans 15
“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Epistles were written, so that they should teach us patience and encourage us. That’s the reason why we’ve the bible, it is so that we should keep on hoping.
Romans 15:5 – 7 says, “now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”
We are the epistles of Christ, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. Such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: not to be letters of commendation, destroying one another but that we be patient with one another, and comfort each other and give others hope. That same spirit of Christ should operate in us “Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6
Forasmuch as we are manifestly declared as epistles we will always be known and read of all men. But what sought of epistle are we today? Do people see in us the reflection of Christ and his word?
True epistles don’t judge other believers; they don’t look down on other believers, they don’t criticise, they don’t put stumbling blocks for other believers, they don’t frame other believers and they don’t destroy other believers too.
Christ is one such epistle, who never even pleased himself!
“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” Romans 15:3
That should be every one believer’s mindset, that we live in complete harmony with each other – each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” Romans 15:1-2