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An Example of Christ

John Collins06/01/2012
Romans 15 tells us that we are supposed to be examples of Christ

Our obligations are for others, and not to please ourselves.  Those that fail in their walk with Christ are the ones that we should help to bear the load.  

We should please our neighbor, to lift him up.  Christ did not please Himself, but he came to lift up others.  The sins of the world were his heavy load.

The Law that was written in former days was written to show endurance, so that through the encouragement of the Scriptures we can have hope.  The God of endurance and encouragement allows us to live in such peace and harmony with one another, living in one accord with Jesus Christ.

Together, through Jesus Christ, we can glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We should then welcome one another with open arms as Christ has welcomed us.  We should do this for the Glory of God. 

Christ came to the circumcised Jews to show God's truthfulness, confirming the promises given to the great men of old.  In doing this, He gave the Gentiles privilege to glorify God for his mercy.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we put others before ourselves?  Do we help to lift up those that fall into sin, or do we avoid them to let them fend for themselves?  Are we the ones who push them down by imposing rules from the old Mosaic Law on them, or do we live in one accord through Grace and Love?  Do we glorify God for his Law as was intended for the Jews, or do we glorify God for His mercy?