August 28, 2022 – In Harmony
The Church is intended by God to be a place of welcome and acceptance, where the weak and struggling sinner can be built up and encouraged. The goal of the believer is never to please himself or herself, but, living in community, to bear with the failings of the weak and pursue harmony. This sets up the Church to glorify God in the world, with one unified voice.
Romans 15:1-7 1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.