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Daily Verse: “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” (Romans 15:1 ESV)
BASTAZO (941): “Signifies “to support as a burden. It is used with the meaning of sufferings “borne” on behalf of others, Mt. 8:17, Rom 15:1, Gal 6:2.”[I]
Behalf of others.
As Christ-followers, we have an obligation to our fellow man. Helping people persevere through the trials and tribulations of life points them to Jesus. Standing on the firm foundation of Christ gives us the strength to help others in need.
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7 ESV)
Welcoming others into the family of Christ begins by living in harmony with those around us. Not everyone will agree with our Biblical worldview, but they may become interested in what we have to say as we share our lives with them. However, living at odds with people creates division in the relationship and doesn’t draw them closer to Jesus.
When we connect with people instead of trying to convert them, we can encourage them on the journey. Asking questions and listening to their answers tells you how you can help. Without investigation, you won’t know how to build up and support those around you. People look fine on the outside, their inner turmoil invisible to the human eye.
Every person you meet struggles in some area of their life. Depression and anxiety plague our society. Financial pressures, health issues, and relational conflicts all cause strife. Jesus came to help us overcome this world. As we follow Christ, we discover His peace that surpasses all understanding. Then we get to share Jesus’s grace and mercy with others.
Living for God means loving the people He places in our life. Our obligation on behalf of others happens one act of encouragement at a time. When we see the downtrodden, we can build them up with the love of Christ.
Fulfill your obligation to God and people today, uplift and encourage everyone you meet.
[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 52) Thomas Nelson