Devotion – Romans 1

S – For I am not ashamed of the gospel,, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek

Romans 1:16 CSB

O – Commentary: Paul stresses that the good news of salvation is for all peoples; if to both Jews and Greeks (Greeks were often the most anti-Jewish), then to all peoples between Jews and Greeks.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament,

       Commentary: “power” dunamis,  force; miraculous power — ability, abundance, might, (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

  The New Strong’s Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words

A – The boldness Paul is expressing is amazing.  He has the Good news of Christ the miraculous transformation of relationship with God. This message is for everyone – both ends of the spectrum.  There are so many challenges in expressing this message – culture, existing religions, physical harm, disbelief and even those close to him. The boldness isn’t to speak the message – it is the courage to take on the various forms of opposition and keep moving forward.

R – Lord, help me to keep my eyes on you today and move forward with your purposes and plans no matter how difficult.  Give me the courage to face today head-on and listen/obey your voice.