Pleasing Your Neighbour

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Romans 15:1-2

How much effort do we put into fulfilling verse 2 of this passage?  “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.”  How much effort do we really put into “pleasing our neighbour?”

We might occasionally do something that we view as a sacrifice to help our neighbour.  But how often do we cosistently put their needs and wants before our needs and wants?  We might occasionally please our neighbour, but often, when we do, we find ourselves filled with pride.

The Bible is very clear about how we should treat others.  It is clear that we should put the needs and wants of others above our own.  It is clear that we should be more concerned with pleasing our neighbour than pleasing ourselves.  And, when the Bible is very clear about something, we usually tend to mess it up.

We all want to please ourselves.  We all want to do things that help to improve our situation or help to improve our comfort or enjoyment of life.  Can you imagine how great it would be if we would put all of the effort into pleasing and helping others as we put into pleasing and helping ourselves?  I dare say that our lives (and the live of those that we help and influence) would be radically changed.  How good are we at being a servant?  How good are we at putting others above ourselves?  I would say that we probably all have some work to do in this area!

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