One approved by Christ

The Word

Greet Apelles, a good man whom Christ approves. (Romans 16:10)

 The Thought

This is a most honorable commendation from the apostle Paul concerning the character of Apelles, a fellow believer, in the church in Rome. Paul began his letter declaring himself a slave of Christ, and again confirmed the Good News to those in Rome, loved by God and called to be holy. In the latter portion of the letter, Paul sends personal thanks and greetings to several individuals, and this is where he esteems Apelles.

Paul economized words and wrote with conviction, sincerity, and passion. Consider the honor to have been mentioned with such positive tone in an open letter, for he was not one given to idle words. He obviously knew the heart of Apelles and saw the fruit of his service to Jesus.

Oh that each of us who say we are Christians, follow Christ, live like Jesus, and serve his cause, so one day it might be said of us, we were someone whom Christ approved.

The Prayer

I pray, Lord, continue to lead me through the power of your Holy Spirit and cause my life to be one honorable and approved by you. Amen.

“And don’t let us yield to temptation”


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