“That is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:12).

Paul’s desire to impart his giftedness to the church in Rome (v.11) anticipates a mutual benefit of encouragement. It confirms the ancient principle of sowing and reaping. I love Paul’s use of “together.” How we desperately need this reminder, as the followers of Christ, that we are a “togethering” people; “togethering” our way through life and the journey of faith. Whether the church in Rome realized it or not, they needed Paul, just as Paul needed them…just as we need one another. When any one of us are absent, we are never what we could be together.

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