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12 Now, this means that when we come together and are side by side, something wonderful will be released. We can expect to be co-encouraged and co-comforted by each other’s faith!

13 So, my dear brothers and sisters, please don’t interpret my failure to visit you as indifference, because many times I’ve intended to come but have not been released[a] to do so up to now. For I long to enjoy a harvest of spiritual fruit[b] among you, like I have experienced among the nations. 14 Love obligates me to preach to everyone, to those who are among the elite and those who are among the outcasts,[c] to those who are wise and educated as well as to those who are foolish and unlearned.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 1:13 Or “have been hindered” (due to missionary work). There is no implication that the devil hindered Paul from coming, but rather, the missionary work of ministering in Turkey (Asia Minor) hindered him.
  2. Romans 1:13 This “fruit” would imply both converts and bringing the believers into maturity.
  3. Romans 1:14 Or “to the Greek speakers and to the barbarians.” By implication, Paul is obligated by love to preach to the cultured Greek speakers and to those who are uncultured foreigners.

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