Romans 15:14 "I myself am confident concerning you..."
Day 323 – Romans 15
“I myself am confident concerning you…” Romans 15:14
A VERY FRANK AND CANDID WRITER
Paul was most consistent as a frank and candid writer! This was a very strong characteristic that stands out when one studies the Pauline epistles. The following texts may be cited as proof of his candidness.
1. To the Galatians who were in danger of being led astray by false teachers
“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you
that you should not obey the truth…?”
2. To the Corinthians who showed great signs of carnality
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people
but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:1
ALSO A MOST ENCOURAGING WRITER
Paul could also be a very encouraging writer! Though he wrote firmly and candidly to the Romans, he also found it in his heart to write these encouraging words to them.
“Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren,
that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge,
able also to admonish one another.”
1. High words of praise indeed
a) Full of goodness.
b) Filled with all knowledge.
c) Able to admonish one another.
2. They must also be true words
a) Praise and truth must go together.
b) Truth must be demonstrated and proven before praise can be given.
THE POINT OF THESE WORDS OF PRAISE
Paul was deeply concerned about those who were “weak” in the Church. They were obviously troubled in heart and mind because their consciences were so sensitive. Paul, in writing these words of praise was in fact gently appealing to the stronger believers to minister to the weaker ones. These strong believers, in Paul’s confident judgment, would be able to assist the weaker brethren significantly. Jewish and Gentile believers should also join their hearts as one to offer praise to God.