5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
I’m a little bit stuck still with the best way to memorizes theses verses from Romans. As I discussed in previous posts, we’ve read or listened to this whole chapter dozens of times. So I know all the words–sort of. But that doesn’t mean I have all the verses memorized by any means.
So, what’s the best way to deal with that? We have a few different tools in our tool box:
- We could use mnemonic devices like last month (at the risk of overlooking the meaning of the actual scripture
- We could write the verses on a post-it note and try to see how much we can remember at various points along the way. (That is, read the verses, then cover them up and try to recall as much as possible.)
Ok, I’ve whiled away most of the hours today without actually making much progress with these verse. Tomorrow I’m going to try writing the verses down and simply trying to recall as much as possible at various hours of the day, but I’m not terribly optimistic about this overall strategy. Reading the chapter aloud many times has helped me get a good overall framework for the chapter, and I find myself recalling many parts of it, but it has by no means been a magic pill–yet; there is still time left this month. But all signs point to fact that we will still be searching for the single solid solution as we head into March. And glorious will that search be. Onward!