Pleasing Someone Else (Romans 15:1-21)

“Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:2

“It’s just not that easy.”  These were the words I spoke to our Lord as I read Romans 15:1-21. The fact is, there are all kinds of people who are just not easy to be around.  I will go even farther to say, “there are some people who are tough to be around.”

Now, before you think, “Pastor has lost his faith,” I challenge you to read the scripture before you.  Paul is writing to believers and he is practically teaching them how to live out their faith in various contexts.  Here in chapter 15 we discover how to live our lives with others in mind.

Here is a suggested outline of the text:

1.  We see the exhortation to Christ-likeness, Vs:1-2

Paul reminds us that we have and obligation to live and build up people who are difficult to be around.  We are to build up their faith.

2.  We see the example of Christ life, Vs: 3-13

Our Lord denied himself and suffered for the benefit of others.  We also see this in John 5:30, 6:38. Christ denied himself for the sake of the glory of the Lord.

In Christ we see both a love for the Jew and the Gentile.  In Christ we have joy, peace, and love for all we see.

3.  We see the evangelism of those without Christ, Vs: 14-21

We are to be ministers of Christ Jesus to all people.  Our goal is to minister Christ to those who have never heard and never understood the gospel.

So, what does all of this mean for our lives?  It means that we seek to please someone else.  How to we accomplish this task?  We give them the gospel.  Yes, there are people who are tough to live by, live with, or live near.  But we must remember, we would be the same way without the gospel.

This day, I challenge you to consider your heart attitude toward those who are near you.  This day I encourage you to peace them by being Christ to them.  The gospel will work.  Keep it up for the glory of the Lord.

And, no I am not loosing my faith.  God is strengthening my faith in teaching me how to have mercy!!!

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