Of all the songs in the book of Revelation, not one is a solo…
Strong Christians bear with the failings of the weak, choosing to place the needs of others over their own. We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves, Romans 15.1. As we walk with God, we should be committed to building the type of atmosphere where others can grow in Christ. This is much more important than our personal pleasure. We need to be careful about our lifestyle. Others are affected by the things we say and do.
Each Christian needs to be concerned with edifying their brethren and building them up in Christ. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up, Romans 15.2. It is no longer about us. Christians should always be committed to encouragers. We need to be like-minded, unified, and together. Remember, your God intends you to use your spiritual maturity for service – not status.
What does this look like in day to day living?
- We can cheer each other’s successes, Rejoice with those who rejoice, Romans 12.15a.
- We can take on the pain of the failures of others, Weep with those who weep, Romans 12.15b.
- We can move in ways that others know we are always there for them, Love one another with brotherly affection, Romans 15.10a.
This is the way that Jesus, our Lord and model, lived His life. He did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me,” Romans 15.3.
What brings us together with others? Our forgiveness in Christ. When we begin to contemplate the extreme blessings we share together in Christ, unity will be the result. Differences in matters of opinion can be coped with when we keep the supreme expectations of Christianity in mind: brotherly love.