Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (Romans 15:2)
Have you ever sat after church and no one spoke or look at you? Have you ever attended a fellowship only to notice that the members hung only with their respective group? Did you ever wear clothes that did not seem acceptable at a service? I spent many years in various churches that did not regard my presence for reason I can only imagine. I left those churches without a follow up and thinking where was the love.
When dealing with proper church edict Paul is usually a reliable source. Paul was communicating that believers are not meant to take a comfortable approach to our newfound liberties. We are freed for something greater. Primarily, we need to glorify God with all our life. Second, it’s fair to say that we ought to love each other, and in this verse he mentions that it is good to please your neighbor.
As a counselor, moreover as Christian I have learned that my reality is a reality, but not the only reality. To be more effective, it is essential to reach and learn different cultural predispositions to be a better aid. Diversity is one our country’s strength, in that, it allows us to embrace the strengths and weakens of others to build our great nation.
We could continue acting like this does not exist and morbid the relationship building that could possibly be helpful for everyone. As Christian, we should consider the way our country is evolving, being equipped with our youth, nationalities, differences etc… an that will help us in the Spirit of unity and build us up together as entity.
The church is filled with diversities and cultures. And one of our callings is to operate in a Spirit of unity. This is work; being transparent in all things gives the advantage to understand each other circumstances. God wants us to build corporately; this is how non-believer will know we are Christians by love for one another; by the way treat each other, and how we work with each other.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member at America’s Keswick.
The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 63; Proverbs 3
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Daily Quote: “We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.” ~ C.S. Lewis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge. ~Proverbs 14:26 (NKJV)