Re:Verse reading–Romans 9:1-8, Romans 10:1-21 (day seven)
“I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. . . for the sake of my brothers.”–9: 2-3.
It is actually a badge of honor. A sure sign of integrity. Christians who weep over their lost friends. We are not hardened. We do not learn hate. Their rebellion toward God creates sorrow in us, and intercession.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Stubborn, proud, violent Jerusalem. “As He drew near and saw the city, he wept over it”–Luke 19: 41. He was a “man of sorrows” and first on that list was the future He saw for those who refuse God.
Do we love our enemies, weep over them? Romans 8 gave us strength. Now, Romans 9 and 10 gives us our assignment. Pray for those who hate us! “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. . .for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”–Romans 12:17, 20-21.