Monday, November 12
PLEASING OTHERS, NOT OURSELVES
Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.
2 Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. 4 For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. 5 Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.
GLORIFYING GOD TOGETHER
7 Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God. 8 For I say that Christ became a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, 9 and so that Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and I will sing praise to your name.
10 Again it says, Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people! 11 And again,
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
let all the peoples praise him!
12 And again, Isaiah says,
The root of Jesse will appear,
the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
the Gentiles will hope in him.
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This passage In Romans goes against the the major tone of our culture that suggests we should be looking out for ourselves first and foremost. Instead we are called to live lives of real sacrifice for the sake of others. Paul points to this by using Jesus as the primary example. Jesus’ life and death is the ultimate picture of one who did not please Himself, but put others first. Paul encourages us to get our eyes off of ourselves and to start building others up.
In our culture today it’s so much easier to tear down instead of build up. This cynicism leads to believing that if something exists outside of our control or preference, then we need to be as harsh and negative as possible regarding it. Today, resolve to do your best to encourage and build up the people and things around you. Bring positivity and love into situations and environments that are filled with negativity and hatred.
Father, soften my heart towards those that I agree with and those whom I disagree with. Give me an attitude of grace, patience, and encouragement to share with everyone around me.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.