Welcome to “Bearing with One Another,” where we will delve into how to improve our relationships with people by developing the ability to bear with their flaws and differences, and and more importantly, with God,

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» Thursday, 23rd March 2023 | I Stand In The Gap Daily Devotional | Bearing with One Another

Yesterday’s daily devotional theme was “Finding Strength in Humility” today’s is about “Bearing with One Another“.

Anchor verse of the day

1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

Romans 15:1-2 (MSG)

In this passage of Romans 15:1-2, the significance of putting up with other people’s flaws and not only concentrating on our own likes and desires are emphasized.

It inspires people with strong Christian convictions to have compassion and empathy for those who might have more flimsy or varying beliefs. By doing this, we show our love and humility while eventually exalting God.

Themes to Romans 15:1-2

Romans 15:1 contains two main themes, which are humility and love.

  • Humility: The text exhorts us to show humility in our interactions with others by bearing with their faults or shortcomings. Putting the wants and needs of others ahead of our own while acknowledging that we all have flaws and limits. By being humble, we can develop stronger, more sympathetic bonds with others around us and grow spiritually.
  • Love: We display our affection for others by putting up with their shortcomings. No matter their flaws or differences, love means treating others with kindness, compassion, and respect. Through showing love to others, we can imitate God’s love and get closer to Him.

Ultimately, there is a strong connection between the ideas of love and humility. We can develop our faith and become more like Christ by being humble in our interactions with others and treating them with the same love that God has for us.

Background to Romans 15:1-.2

Paul the apostle addressed the Roman church in Romans 15. The epistle, which was written in the middle of the first century AD, served primarily as an explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Roman church as well as a manual for Christian living.

Paul addresses the topic of “disputable topics” in the church in the chapter that comes before it, Romans 14, which refers to areas of Christian practice and doctrine where there is the opportunity for dispute and difference of opinion. While some Christians in the church observed certain holidays and avoided particular foods, others did not.

In response, Paul exhorts Believers to respect one another’s beliefs and refrain from criticizing those who disagree with them.

This debate is continued in Romans 15:1-2, which offers an application of Paul’s guidance on contentious issues. Paul exhorts those who are firm in their faith to put up with the doubts of the weak, demonstrating humility and love for others who might have opposing beliefs. Christians can do this to strengthen their church’s unity and show the world how much they love Him.

Similar bible verses Romans 15:1-.2

3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV)

This verse, written by Paul to the church in Philippi, echoes the theme of humility found in Romans 15:1-2.

It encourages Christians to prioritize the interests of others over their own, demonstrating humility in their relationships with others. By doing so, Christians can build unity and love within the church.

Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

Colossians 3:13 (NKJV)

Paul highlights the value of showing patience and forgiveness toward one another in this verse, which he addressed to the church at Colossae.

It inspires Christians to be kind, gracious, and forgiving to others – even when they have injured or harmed us – regardless of their actions. Christians can show the world Christ’s love and kindness by doing this.

Both of these verses are comparable to Romans 15:1-2 in that they both address connections with others while emphasizing humility, love, and unity. They all stress the need of placing others’ needs and interests ahead of our own, exhibiting love and compassion, and fostering church unity.

How is the Believer to live based on Romans 15:1-2?

  • Bearing with the failings of the weak: This means that while dealing with people who have a lesser faith or are battling with sin, we should be patient and empathetic. Instead of passing judgment or condemning them, we ought to assist and encourage them as they develop their faith.
  • Not pleasing ourselves: We ought to endeavor to serve and love others instead of being self-centered and preoccupied with our own desires. This entails placing others’ wants and interests ahead of our own and being prepared to make compromises for their advantage.
  • Living a life of love: We are obligated to love others like Christ loves us as His followers. This entails being kind, sympathetic, forgiving, and merciful to those who are close to us. We ought to be known for our love, and the love of Christ ought to be seen in everything we do.
  • Following Christ’s example: Jesus Christ, who gave His life in order to save others, is the epitome of selflessness and love. As Christians, we ought to try to be like Christ and emulate His selfless compassion.

Ultimately, the believer is obligated to practice selflessness, prioritize the needs of others before your own, and imitate Christ’s unselfish compassion.

My Reflection on Bearing with One Another

It is a powerful reminder of the kind of attitude that we as believers should have toward one another.

  • The appeal to selflessness in these verses is what immediately grabs my attention. We are commanded, as Christians, to prioritize the wants and needs of others before our own. We, humans, have the propensity to be self-centered and preoccupied with our own desires, so this is not something that comes naturally to us. But, we are expected to live up to a higher standard as followers of Christ, one that is characterized by selflessness and love.
  • The emphasis on encouraging one another is the second thing that stands out to me about these verses. Our duty is to look out for our neighbors’ interests rather than our own. As a result, we must seek out strategies for boosting one another’s spirituality and supporting, and strengthening it. We should always be prepared to lend a helping hand and should be quick to forgive and slow to judge.
  • These verses also serve as a reminder that we are all partners in this. We all have a part to play in edifying one another and bolstering the church since we are all a part of the same body of Christ. Everyone has areas where they may use assistance and support because nobody is perfect. As Christians, we ought to be prepared to put up with one another’s flaws and shortcomings, just as He did with ours.

Romans 15:1-2 and the title of “bearing with one another” serve as a potent reminder of the kind of mindset and conduct that we should exhibit as believers.

We are commanded to be unselfish, to strengthen one another, and to be patient with one another’s flaws. May we always make an effort to live in this way, for God’s glory and the benefit of His people.

Let us pray

Our Father in Heaven,

Let us keep each other in mind as we begin this day. Help us to have patience and compassion for people who are dealing with sin or have weaker faith. Give us the ability and courage to support one another and function as a loving, forgiving community.

Please lead us in our interactions with one another and may our deeds be a testament to Christ’s love. May we constantly strive to reflect your love and grace in all that we do, and may our lives be a reflection of that.

I appreciate you bringing up the fact that we are all a part of the same body that is Christ. Since you have loved us, please help us to be obedient believers who care for one another. Help us to live what bearing with one another teaches.

In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray.