I’m sure each of us has felt that way. We may have felt that way with our kids before. Maybe someone in our family. Or with a friend. A co-worker. Someone.
We can get so frustrated. We want to give up on them, don’t we?
What do we do then? What do we do when we want to give up someone?
Listen to what Paul tells us today in Romans 15: 1-3:
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.
Paul says this – when you want to give up one someone, remember. We don’t live for ourselves. We live to serve and help others. We don’t live for us.
It’s so easy to get frustrated with others. With their weakness. With their mistakes. With their stuff. They can really irritate us. But remember what Paul said. We don’t live for us.
We live for Jesus. And we live for others. We live to point them to Jesus. And that’s one of the keys. As Paul says, Jesus didn’t live to please Himself, He lived for His prose. To point us to His Father.
And you know, you know Jesus must get frustrated with us sometimes, huh? At our weakness. Our faults. Our mistakes. Our stuff.
And how does He respond? He loves. So should we.
He loved us in our weakness and mistakes.
We are to love to love them, in their weakness and mistakes. Because love points to Jesus. And only Jesus can help. Only Jesus can change.
Be patient. You can only do that through Jesus and His spirit. Love them. Point them to Jesus.
And let Him change them. That’s not your job. That’s His job. Let Him do His work. Your job is just to point to Him, in all things.
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