Romans 15:1 ” We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves.”

Here Paul is emphasizing our responsibility to be patient with the weak around us. This not just a reminder but a command. We are to follow the example of Christ…indebted to Him for how mercifully patient He has been to us. In I Thessalonians 5:14-15, Paul goes on to exhort us to treat others justly and work for their genuine good…never seeking after personal retaliation when wronged. My absolute favorite quote from Mother Teresa sums all this up perfectly when she said, “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you have anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it’s between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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