McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Ge 45, Mk 15, Job 11, Ro 15

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” …May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1-3,5-6)

Boy is this a hard thing to do. It is much easier just to abandon others when they fail us. It’s painful on the one hand and easy to come up with noble sounding reasons to justify our abandonment. So, how are we to do such a hard thing, a hard thing that requires time and energy when we don’t seem to have it? The key is verse 3, “For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”

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