I admit it.
I’m selfish. I really like having my own way a lot of the times. So when I came across this verse, it was a bonk over the head for me.
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. We should all please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself…
That Bible. Always knows where I need to step it up.
Sometimes it’s easy to love people. But other times it’s really hard. It’s downright hard to give up our need to be right when someone is speaking out of weakness. It’s so easy to think, “Man, you are being totally illogical” and dismiss the person.
But then I think of Jesus, who had the wisdom of God and could have totally blown just about everyone out of the water. Instead, he humbled himself.
There are so many things we could go into from the verses above, but today’s reflection is to focus on the phrase “please our neighbors.” This doesn’t mean that our job is to always go around making people happy, but our goal should be build up those around us through the demonstration of selflessness that Christ had.
It’s the whole mindset of having a person’s benefit in mind, even putting them before ourselves, which is a really hard thing to do. Especially when the person is acting immature or operating out of their weakness. But if Jesus did it, that’s the example for us to follow!
Do a random act of kindness for someone today that doesn’t result with your getting the credit for it. Sometimes an anonymous kindness ensures that we are having the right motivations for doing something, instead of doing it to receive attention or appreciation.
When in traffic, purposely let someone cut into your lane front of you. Catch their eye, smile at them and wave them in. Pray a short word of blessing over them. For some of you, this will be a “crawl” step. For others this will be a “run” step!
The next time someone levels criticism at you, swallow your retort, remember Jesus being silent before his accusers,say a quick prayer and reply, “Thank you for your feedback. I will think and pray about what you have brought up.” Then go and pray over it. If it was unjustified, God knows. If it was justified, you have just been encouraged to become more like Christ.