Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 27, 2011

For Good

Ro 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.  Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

It happens so often in most all churches.  Someone doesn’t like what someone else does and criticizes them.  Gossip goes around and before long someone’s feelings are hurt and they leave that church.  Our human nature has us looking out for ourselves.  We want things our way and to build ourselves up we tear others down.  That makes us feel better.  We need to take this scripture to heart.  Maybe our way is the right way but it is not worth putting someone else down.  We are to build up our fellow man.  Notice it doesn’t say anything about building ourselves us.  It is a constant battle against our sin nature.  We are told by Jesus to come as little children.  He didn’t say act like little children with the attitude of “it’s my ball so if you don’t play my way I’ll take my ball and leave.”  There are also two sides to our problem.  Not only do we have the problem of making ourselves feel better by putting someone else down, we should also be more forgiving when others hurt us.  Some may hurt intentionally but most hurt because they don’t stop and think or they are hurting themselves.  Next time we’re tempted to voice a negative opinion let’s stop and talk to God about it first.  Next time we feel hurt, lets also stop and talk to God about it.  He is the one we are to please and He tells us to love and to forgive and to bear with the weaknesses of others.

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