Reflection on Romans 9:1-5


My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed- cut off from Christ- if that would save them.

Paul is filled with grief and sorrow for his people, his Jewish brothers and sisters who are unsaved. If it would save them, he would be willing to be cursed and cut off forever from Christ for their sake.
The Jews are the people of Israel, chosen by God. God gave them the privilege of worshipping Him. Christ was an Israelite at least as far as His human nature is concerned.

Paul is passionate to see his people, the Jews, saved. This teaches us two things:

1. There is no place for anti-Semitism in the church. God loves the Jews and wants them to be reconciled to Him through the gospel.
2. We too should be passionate about our own people being saved. The people in my city, the people in my nation, the people in my planet all need the gospel.

Father, you are passionate about seeing people come into reconciliation with you. Show me who you want me to share the gospel with today. Amen.

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