Romans 1:11 Love Letters
Paul wrote 14 books of the New Testament, which church history calls epistles. An epistle is a written letter sent to a group meant for all to hear. Paul’s epistles would be read to the church congregation during sabbath worship. The letter was then copied and passed to another church. Today, Paul’s epistles make up a large part of the New Testament church, still read and cherished. Some of Paul’s epistles were written as he was a prisoner of the Roman empire. Paul was guilty to the empire of teaching about the gospel of Jesus, and God is a higher power than the emperor of Rome. Paul wrote his epistles to different churches for words of encouragement. Words of godly correction and words like, I love you, and I am praying for you, and can you please pray for me? Some letters are very personal. He asks his close friends to visit him, bring him his coat and watch out who have deserted the faith.
2 Timothy 4:9 Timothy, please come as soon as you can. 10 Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, be sure to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm, but the Lord will judge him for what he has done. 15 Be careful of him, for he fought against everything we said.
In a friendly manner, in Romans 1:11, Paul is telling the church of Rome, I long to be with you all. I want to share spiritual gifts with you all. Does that mean he wants to speak in an unknown language with the gift of tongues? Most likely not since most of Rome spoke the Greek language, especially the capital city of the empire, which Rome was. Paul was already a preacher and teacher, and he was an apostle. Is that the gift he wanted to establish with the Roman church? Most likely not, but maybe the spiritual gift of faith, hope, and Love, since he said those were the gifts that last forever and Love was the greatest. I met Dennis Hedden a few years ago, who told me he may be my other brother. He revealed that my father had a relationship with his mother, so we are most likely brothers. I try to start a relationship with him and be a brother. I learned Dennis is a carpenter/handyman, and he is also a pastor of a church. He invited me to his FullCircle Ministries church, which has lovely members. The FullCircle Ministries church has charismatic worship. Which means someone will start talking in an unknown language (tongue). Even with Dennis’ kindness, I heard him tell many lies, which according to scritpture is not Christlike behavioral. The Lord said if you love Him, keep His commandments. There is no love established, with God or family when lies are being told. Paul’s letter to the Roman church has the same message all of God’s word has, love the Lord and others with the truth, then all of God’s law is fulfilled. If a person does not practice such, their Love for God and others is not really established, and it all is being practiced in vain. Dear brothers and sisters, be genuine and honest with the Lord and each other, then your Love for the Lord will be established. God bless you all; the Lord Jesus loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we know in part and prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, and Love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.