1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” – Romans 15:1-3
Paul has instructed the people in Rome not to put their personal pleasures above the spiritual needs of others. In the previous chapter he instructed them in the food they eat. Even though it was good to partake of certain food and wine; they were not to partake of it at the expense of their testimony to weaker brothers and sisters. Utimately we set aside our own pleasures for the spiritual growth needs of others.
We are to build up others in their discipleship journey. The example of Christ reveals that He was more concerned for the spiritual needs of others than having His own needs met. We are encouraged to set aside personal pleasure and pursuits for the building up of our neighbor. May we be willing to put the cause of Christ above our personal pursuits so that others may know Christ and experience discipleship growth in their journey with Him.
Father, instill in us the desire to serve You and others above ourselves. Use us for the building up of our brothers and sisters in Christ.