We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. 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.” 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. (Romans 15:1-4 NLT)
Serving others is never a easy task–so is parenting or being a soldier–but we must change our thinking of what is “easy” to what is “right”?
Is it right for your parent(s) or caregiver to not take care of you, so they can care for themselves instead? And is it right for a soldier to not protect you from your enemies, so he or she can protect him or herself from harm?
It is these type of examples that reveal to us God’s [Apostle Paul’s] teaching of selflessness. How can we help people if we are too afraid to commit to “what is right?”
Helping others is not a weakness. Helping others, in the eyes of God, is a strength–to those who are strong. And we must be considerate of those who are sensitive to “helping others.” Christ was the strongest of them all but he did not seek revenge towards those who cursed or spat at him.
This week’s spiritual lesson is to do the “right thing” and not the “easy thing”
It is easy to lie, but difficult to tell the truth. We despise liars while we honor truth tellers