Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Romans 15:1-11

Romans 14 is a very helpful chapter instructing us to live a life of faith before God. Built into Romans 14 is an idea that our life of faith before God is not to offend another brother in Christ. If I live out Romans 14 properly, I will be careful not to cause you, my brother in Christ, to stumble (14:13) and I will live that way intentionally for the glory of God!
Romans 15 picks up that same thought and provides further instruction as to how we are to live to please others for the glory of God. Verses 1-6 are so rich and illustrate for us what true Christianity looks like between believers. Did you know Romans 15:1-2 says, we are “not to please ourselves” but we are to “please [our] neighbor for his good to edification”? You say, what’s that mean Bro. Alan? It means this: your Christian life is not yours to live in a corner unto yourself doing whatever you feel you can do. Instead, your Christian life is to be lived in a way that constantly takes into mind the life of others in order that you might continue to build one another up in Christ. And here’s the beauty of it all: if I live that way toward you, and you understand this and live that way toward me, we can have the same mind and the same mouth and glorify God the Father, together!

Food for Thought: Read Romans 15:1-11. According to Paul, what should be the thrust of the Christian life? What does this look like for you?

Alan Obrien
Assistant Pastor | www.libcky.comAlan and his wife, Amy, have been serving the church family of Landmark Baptist Church since 2008. They have a daughter, Allison.