I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
—Romans 9:1-5, 14-17
by: Paula Davis.
When we see others abused or hurting, it is easy to hurt for them. But when was the last time your heart ached for someone because they did not believe in Jesus? Do I ache for others as Paul ached for his brothers? He was willing to be cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of others who had yet to come to know Christ. God will have mercy and compassion on whom He chooses. Our role is to be faithful in proclaiming the gospel and praying for those with whom we come into contact. A heart like Paul’s pleases the Lord.