Romans 15:1-4 | Part 1
Proverbs 24:3-4 | By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Isaiah 32:18 | My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
Wisdom, understanding, knowledge, pleasant things
Peaceful, a place to stay not leave, security, quiet, restful
Romans 15:1 | Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.
Strength, being strong
You are obligated based on what has been given you
How do you know you are strong?
How do you know you are weak?
Isaiah 40:31 | But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Are you waiting on the Lord?
When we wait…when we REST (house of Shalom), we are renewed in strength.
Rest in Christ gives us perspective (1,000-foot view)
Weariness comes from expended efforts in the wrong direction
We move in the direction of Christ’s calling, not our instinct
Romans 15:2 | Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Their good, not our good
Galatians 6:10 | So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Your focus, my focus is on others. Not ourselves
This starts with your family
And is extended to your neighbors. Your work
Romans 15:3 | For even Christ did not please himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
Ever been called names?
Have you ever been made fun of?
Jesus gets you
He feels insulted when you are
Isaiah 41:10 | Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Some people have no home
The churches responsibility is to provide a spiritual home
Our King, Jesus, focused on others. We are called to be like Jesus