Building up your neighbor
Each one must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
(Romans 15: 2)
Building means building, lifting from the ground. As in any building, effort and much searching are necessary. The building, according to our devotion this morning, is pointing at is moving forward in faith, from glory to glory and little by little. When we reach a point where our faith is well-founded, it is up to us to build the life of our neighbor.
To grow in Christ is not to grow for ourselves. The apostle Paul instructed those who are strong in faith to bear the weak. We must show compassion, patience, and tolerance towards the brothers who are in the growth phase.
When it comes to building, our behavior must seek to please and help our neighbor, placing our interests below those who need spiritual growth. And in the Bible, there is no more exceptional example than that of Jesus! He served at all times, gave His life for us, and, to this day, builds us up with His word.
When we contribute to the growth of a brother, we are strengthening the body of Christ. To be part of the church is to be part of an organization, a collective one. And this is how we all, with one heart, glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Building up your brother:
- Invest a part of your time in your neighbor’s life. Listen to your brother, pray with him.
- Encourage your brother to read the Bible. Strength and understanding come from reading the word of God.
- Avoid accusations in case of a correction. Exhort in love, always focus on forgiveness and regeneration in Jesus.
- Share your experiences with God. Your testimony can strengthen a brother’s faith.
Lord Jesus, Use me as an instrument of blessing in my neighbor’s lives. Pour out your Spirit that teaches, builds, and strengthens on us all. May we together praise and exalt You for all the good things You have done in our lives. In the name of Jesus, amen.