(Romans 15:5) “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,”
The Apostle Paul, in this chapter, continues to tell us concerning mutual tolerance in different things. He draws towards a conclusion that there is need of principle among Christians to alleviate the heat and to cause a better temper. The Apostle here lays down some instructions, with reasons to enforce them, showing the duty of the strong Christians to consider and humble themselves to the weakest.
Paul gives to God the title of “The God who gives perseverance and encouragement” Who is both the author and the foundation of all the patience and consolation of the saints, from Whom it springs and on Whom it is built. He gives the grace of patience, for the comforts of the Holy Spirit help to support believers, and to bear them up with courage and cheerfulness under all their afflictions. When he comes to beg the pouring out of the spirit of love and unity he addresses himself to God as the God of patience and consolation, as a God that bears with us and comforts us, is not extreme to mark the unsuitable things we do , but is ready to comfort those that are cast down-to teach us how to testify our love to our brethren, and by these means to preserve and maintain unity, by being patient one with another and comfortable one to another. He had spoken of patience and comfort of the Scriptures; but here he looks up to God as the God of patience and consolation. The more patience and comfort we receive from God, the better disposed we are to love one another. Nothing breaks the peace more than an impatient, and grumpy, and agitated temper.
The mercy he begs of God is that He grant us to be like-minded one towards another, according to Christ Jesus. The foundation of Christian love and peace is laid in like-mindedness. This like-mindedness must be according to Christ Jesus, according to the precept of Christ, according to the pattern and example of Christ, which he had proposed to them for their imitation: Let Christ Jesus be the centre of your unity; agree in the truth, not in any error. The method of our prayer must be first for TRUTH, and then for PEACE; for such is the method of the wisdom that is from above: it is first PURE, then PEACEABLE. This is to be like-minded according to Christ Jesus. Like-mindedness among Christians, according to Christ Jesus, is the precious gift of God that we must earnestly seek from Him. He is the Father of spirits, and fashions the hearts of men alike, opens the understanding, softens the heart, sweetens the affections, and gives the grace of love, and the Spirit as the Spirit of love, to those that ask Him.
The Lord Jesus taught us to pray that the Will of God may be done on earth as it is done in Heaven, Amen.
The God of peace be with you all,
Note: This devotional is written after the pattern of excerpts from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.