“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” Romans 15:1-2
All too often, Christians find it easier to tear each other apart instead of building each other up, but as for you my friend, now on be filled with care and concern for others; bear with the weaknesses of others, do not live only to please yourself, but please others as well, especially your neighbours!
Galatians 6:10 says, “as we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Do you know who your real neighbour is?
It’s someone whom you yourself show mercy for, or one you lead to edification. Your aim should be to please others, not please yourself, but to do what for others’ is good, and thus building them up in the Lord. “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
Neighbour is anyone who’s filled with the example of Christ, one who put others first. “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” Romans 15:7
“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” Romans 15:3.
Jesus is the ultimate example of one who did not please Himself, but is someone who put you and me first, laying us an example.
He took abuse and suffered wrong for us all, He fulfilled what was written in God’s word for you.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
We should receive one another just as Christ received us – in the terms of pure grace, bearing with our faults.
“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” Romans 15:7
Christ did not receive us because we were perfect, he welcomed us to his heart; so, in the same way, and with the same attitude and purpose, let us receive one another unreservedly.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” Romans 15:13-14
As God fills us with the blessings of His joy and peace in believing, we are equipped to live in this common bond of unity God calls us to.