Saturday, September 13, 2008

Romans 15 verse 1

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Romans 15: 1

Paul here echoes the message Jesus spoke throughout the Gospels--and the words are reminiscent of his admonition in Galatians 6:2: "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." In Acts 20:35 Paul reminds his listeners, "In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Christ's law of unselfish service will always be a heavy yoke so long as it rests upon my will and not within my will. But when my soul has organized itself to include others as an essential part of itself, so as to root unselfish service in the very will to live, then the will to serve is no longer a burdening yoke but an inherent joy. This perhaps is one meaning of conversion--a thorough and radical rearrangement of lifestyle which enlarges one's self to include other selves as an essential part of it. The will to serve involves the will to put others before one's self, so that we "bear...one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

Taken from the book, "Today, Lord, I Will"

3 comments:

ellen b. said...

Very good point to enlarge ouselves to include others. Have a wonderful Sunday. Were you putting on a tea today? Hope it is a blessing to all including yourself!! :0)

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Cori G! Wishing you a wonderful Sabbath Day and week! Love your words of wisdom! Hugs, Maryjane

Barb said...

Hi,

I came to visit from Joanne's blog. It's nice to meet you.

What a beautiful post. Thank you, I read it today for a reason.

hugs,
Barb