Week 44~ Romans 15: 1&2
‘We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbour for his good, to build him up.’
There are many ways in which we can classify ourselves and one of the ways we tend to categorise is by strength and weakness, physically and emotionally. The Bible deals primarily with spiritual strength- how well we maintain our relationship with God and also one another.
A very necessary quality is patience. Here we are encouraged to be patient and cultivate tolerance towards others, especially when they struggle. Humility is essential and helps prevent us becoming ‘big headed,’ viewing ourselves superior which effectively downgrades others in our own minds. No one is perfect and individuality means that we have different strengths and weaknesses therefore we all rely on one another at different times or in specific areas of our lives.
We are directed specifically to help people consistently, building each other up to enhance the strength of our community. What do you consider to be your strengths and how can you use them for the good of others? Sometimes we may be able to emplyour talents professionally- it is good to be paid for the things we enjoy doing and do well! It may be that we need to ‘give back’ to society and assist people or projects voluntarily. Goodness needs to circulate as does love, money and all the important things in our daily lives.
The good of others is seen here as the primary aim. Very often we put our own needs first and there are times when this is necessary, however as a general rule we should focus on helping others to make the most of themselves. Assisting people brings positive feelings of joy and accomplishment, great rewards resulting from an obligation!
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