COMFORTED TOGETHER

Romans 1: 11-12: For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

The Apostle Paul longed for his brothers and sisters in Christ. His chief desire was for God to establish them with the spiritual gift of grace and peace in Christ Jesus. Though Paul was an Apostle, established in spiritual wisdom and understanding, he took great comfort in beginning believers. He was never so piously hindered by envy and pride as to not be encouraged by a babe in Christ. Paul never became so drunk with routine or thought himself so learned as to not receive a special benefit from believer less experienced than he. In whatever capacity the Lord has placed us within his church let us always rejoice in beginning believers. Their consistency and love for Christ is the result of God's workmanship. They are the fruit of Christ's righteousness. The same Spirit of God that dwells in the experienced believer dwells in the beginner. We are all of mutual faith. Let us therefore be comforted together.

Clay Curtis