Romans 15:3-4 NIV 2011
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Christ’s purpose was never His own will but that of the Father. John 4:34, “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’” Christ suffered and died that sinners could be saved. Christ quoted Psalm 69:6 knowing the insults meant for the Father, He received. Paul drove home his final theme of righteous practices leading to Christian service. Remaining faithful to God through prayer and Bible study, Christians would innately encourage one another as God’s Word encouraged them. God’s divine encouragement for all believers is found in Scripture.
On my long drive to Yelm last night, I listened to a Christian station. A man explained to his granddaughter how he learned to pray as a young person. He heard his dad pray and wanted to pray like he did. His dad told him he took Scripture and prayed that back to God leading to his ability to pray. God’s Word has everything we need to live our daily lives. The frosting is the encouragement we receive from Him when we read Scripture.
How has God encouraged you through Scripture?