Paul has explained the glorious gospel of the glorious grace of our glorious God and then declares with overwhelming profundity in Romans 9:1-3a:
I speak the truth in Christ – I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel.
What a statement that is. He has such an overwhelming gospel love for his own people, the nation of Israel, that he would even wish himself to be accursed should that lead them into blessing in Christ.
Imagine that! He would even be happy to take eternal punishment through bearing the curse of God because of his sin. He would be willing to endure being cut off from Christ in order that others would enjoy eternal gospel blessing.
I must confess I stumble at that, I hesitate at that and yet I am overwhelmingly challenged by that. I feel that my heart is way away from the heart of the apostle Paul. My love for others is pitiful in comparison to his love.
But oh for some stirring in my heart to have some of this gospel love for my family, for my friends, for my colleagues, for my community, for my nations. Oh Lord stir me with gospel love.