Christ Pleased Not Himself

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.  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

Romans 15:1-3

We have looked at the first two verses of this chapter and how they tell us to “bear the infirmities of the weak, not please ourselves, and please our neighbours.”  As Christians, we should be doing all of those things.  And, as always, Jesus Christ is our perfect example in these areas.

Verse 3 tells us that “Christ pleased not himself…”  We are told to please our neighbours and not ourselves.  Jesus did exactly this during His life here on Earth.  Everything He did was about others.  During His Earthly ministry, he helped people.  He healed the sick, caused the blind to see and caused the deaf to hear.  He even raised people from the dead.  I’m sure that, humanly speaking, He got tired.  I’m sure that He was weary and just wanted to sleep some days.  I’m sure that He could have devoted much more of His life to Himself if He had chosen to do so.  But He didn’t.  He made his life about pleasing and helping others.

I’m sure that Jesus did not enjoy dying on the cross.  I’m sure that He did not enjoy being beaten and spat upon.  None of the things He endured were pleasant things that He would have enjoyed.  But He did all of those things for us.  He suffered and died on the cross for others – us included.  That is the greatest example in all of history of someone loving others and living for them rather than themselves.

He has set the perfect example.  How are we doing at following it?

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