What Does Romans 1:9 Mean?

For God, whom I serve with my spirit in [telling] the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you,

Romans 1:9(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

A deep and loving concern for the believers in Rome was reflected in Paul's opening message of thankful praise for each of them. Indeed, their faith in the Lord Jesus had been made known throughout the Roman empire. What a wonderful testimony of these dear saints of God, and what an encouragement to us, to boldly proclaim the glorious gospel of Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation, for all who believe.

Paul did not want this important epistle to be lightly received and so he laid emphasis on his calling, his apostleship and his service for the Lord. But more than this he called upon the eternal God of the universe, Creator of heaven and earth as witness to his own deep and loving concern for their spiritual wellbeing.

Like all who trust in Jesus Christ, Paul had been given a new nature - a new life in Christ, which delighted to spread the good news of the glorious gospel of Christ in spirit and truth, and which loved these believers with a Christ-like love.

Paul's love for these believers was reflected in his deep and earnest concern for them, as he constantly made mention of them, to the Lord in prayer.

Let us seek to develop the same deep and loving concern for all our brothers and sisters in Christ, as we, like Paul, lift them up in earnest prayer to our Father in heaven.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, develop in me a deep and earnest Christ-like love for all my brothers and sisters in Christ - and develop in us all a passion to know more of You in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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