Paul begins to conclude his letter by giving a series of greetings to members of the church in Rome. As he does so, he commends many of them and we look at the things that they are commended for.
In all cases, we see they are not being praised for things that the world tends to admire - looks, intelligence, strength, wealth etc. Rather, they are praised for being servants of Christ and of His church. We remind ourselves that this characteristic of service was exemplified above all in Christ and that whenever we see this in others, it is an example that we should seek to follow in our own lives.
We review some of the Scriptures that show that if we are believers there will be good deeds resulting in our lives and see that we can even derive assurance of our standing before the Lord by possessing the kind of love for Him that manifests itself in works of service in His kingdom.