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Thanks for your insightful comments yesterday. It helped me grow in my understanding of the passage.
I hope you spend time meditating on the passage first, before reading my thoughts. In verse 3, Paul says something truly amazing. If it were possible, he would gladly give up his salvation if his fellow Jews could somehow be saved. A cross reference in my Bible reminded me that Moses said something similar about the Jews in Ex 24:24, where he says, “[if you will not spare them] please blot me out of the book you have written.” Paul’s bargain is more noble: “I’d rather you send me to hell, and redeem them.”
Now this attitude is truly amazing. It takes Jesus’ commandment to love your enemies pretty much to the ultimate extreme doesn’t it? And what makes it even more amazing is that these Jews Paul is wanting to be cursed for for aren’t your typical “nice neighbors”. Many of them were trying to kill him, stoning him, flogging him, forming coups against him, chasing him down, etc.
I compare that to my own situation. I have some neighbors that irk me. Oftentimes, my wish has been that they would move away and take their junky cars with them! That’s a far cry from me being willing to go to hell in exchange for their reconciliation with God.
I’m left with some questions and I’m hoping that perhaps some of you readers can help shed some light for me.
How can I improve my attitude about the lost around me, because honestly I usually don’t care much about their well being. Pastor Bob suggested serving them. Yesterday, Diane commented that it’s something God places on your heart through prayer and humility. Any other ideas?
If you have any insights, stories, or thoughts about today’s passage, please comment below! Thanks!