MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope everyone has a great day and that we all remember what this day is truly about! Its all about Jesus and him coming for us and saving us so that we would be forgiven for our sins.
Romans 9 starts by talking about how God chose his people and what it meant to be chosen by God. Then it says: My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief (3) for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed- cut off from Christ!- if that would save them. (Romans 9:2-3 NLT). These verses talk about what someone might have to do to save someone! It also kinda talks about how we should feel when we meet someone that does not know God, we should be upset and want to do everything we can to help them find God. Then it talks about how God uses people to help him. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. (Romans 9:23 NLT).
Then in chapter 9 it talks about how the Gentiles were not following Gods standards but they were still made right with God because of their faith in God. It says: What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God's standards they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. (Romans 9:30 NLT). Has there ever been a time when your faith really helped you?