We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. Romans 15:2
Chapter 15 of Romans starts out talking to strong believers. Paul says: We who are strong should consider and be sensitive to the cares and concerns of new and weak Christians. We are not here to please ourselves. We are not here to make ourselves comfortable and never notice those struggling around us, we are here, in this world, to help others. Just as today’s key verse says, we should help the weaker believer do what is right and encourage them in every little step forward that they take.
The place to start is to evaluate yourself. Are you a strong believer, mature and walking step by step with the Holy Spirit’s direction, or are you one of the weak ones that is easily knocked off course with life’s adversities. Do you walk through trouble with the peace of God guiding you or does turmoil send you into a frenzy.
Once you have determined your level of strength in the Lord, begin to watch those around you and become aware when they are struggling. You can start right in your own home. If you see son or daughter, brother or sister, or even father or mother going through a difficult time, help them. The best place to start is to pray for them. Then share a scripture that they can hold on to through their crisis. Lastly, notice or even ask for a way to help out in the situation, either by doing tasks around the house or helping with other family members. Whatever you can do to help them walk through the difficulty more smoothly.
Begin to extend this grace into your neighborhood and even where you work each day. Pay attention to others who are hurting and come along side them with prayer, scripture and a helping hand. Put your own desires and comforts to the side for that time and determine to be a source of strength and energy to empower others through their predicament, whatever it may be.
Today I want to encourage you to stop and take a close look at your walk with your Savior Jesus. Do you trust Him through every dilemma and setback? Do you let the peace of God have the lead when things are uncertain in the natural? Do you need to take a step closer when life looks like it is falling apart? Once you have decided where you stand with your Heavenly Father, take the necessary steps to grow in the area you may need to. Now you are ready to reach out to those around you. Pray each morning to be prepared when you encounter a discouraged person. Follow the steps of: Praying for them, sharing scripture and then find a way to lend a hand. When you step outside of your own comfort, you will observe many who you can guide through the pressures of life in peace and confidence. I promise you will find great fulfillment in helping others do what is right and building them up in the Lord.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 15:1-6