Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Romans 15:1-6 NLT

[1] We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.

[2] We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.

[3] For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.”

[4] Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

[5] May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.

[6] Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection . . .

Be considerate is what Paul is saying here. It is something we don’t always see done well in our society. People are selfish and egocentric. They want what they want and will do pretty much whatever it takes to get it.

Instead, as believers and followers of Jesus, we are to consider the other person first, their ability, inability and help them as necessary. Why? Well, verse two is key. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. In this way, we follow Jesus’ example, even receiving insults or worse.

Prayer . . .

Lord Jesus, I desire to follow you with all my heart and being. I know you love me. Help me know the depth and greatness of that love and show that love to others. I ask for you help to be considerate of others. Help me to put their needs first before mine and in doing so work toward building them up in your name.