Romans Lesson 27 Day 2

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the gospel of love demands that we surrender individual liberties for the sake of our brothers and sisters. (Voice)

3. Love is not selfish.

  • Put others first — Love is not selfish. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
  • Bear with the failings of the weak. (ESV) The weak are immature in their faith.
  • Please others for their good, to build them up.
  • Patiently embrace others in their immaturity. (TPT)
  • Empower others to do what is right and good for them, and to bring them into spiritual maturity. (TPT)

…make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually]. (AMPC)

4. Paul does not tell us to be people pleasers but God pleasers.

True humility — God pleasers

I’m obviously not trying to flatter you or water down my message to be popular with men, but my supreme passion is to please God. For if all I attempt to do is please people, I would not be the true servant of the Messiah. (Galatians 1:10 TPT with emphasis added)

People pleasers focus on their need to feel valuable.

Pleasers believe that a failure to please will result in rejection and the false assumption that they are not valuable. As a result, they go about trying to make everybody but themselves happy. FREDA V. CREWS, D.M. MIN., PH.D

The goal of pleasing weaker believers to build them up is how we disciple them to maturity. It comes from a place of love and desire to please God.

We sacrifice our desire to appear strong so that we don’t hinder the growth of another.

5. Jesus set the example when he gave up His life and freedom for the sake of the world. (Voice)

His was a life of reproach rather than of self-gratification. (From Romans 15:1-3 GBS)

In Philippians 2:5-11, Paul outlines the example set by Jesus.

  • He humbled himself.
  • He emptied himself of his outward glory (TPT)
  • Took the form of a servant
  • He lived a selfless, obedient life. (MSG)
  • He died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. (MSG)

Let Jesus be our example in humility.

6. Self-centered

  • Hedonist — a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life; a pleasure-seeker. (My husband came up with this answer, and I looked it up to be sure I knew its meaning. Obviously, an extreme case.)
  • Self-willed
  • Stubborn
  • Opinionated
  • Unyielding
  • Selfish
  • Egocentric
  • Greedy
  • Proud
  • Self-absorbed
  • Unloving
  • Lacks empathy 

Personal reflection

BSF does a good job of helping us avoid the topics that bring division. Time in the Word has helped me focus on seeking God. The disputable topics lose importance.

While I thankfully lack sociopathic tendencies, I do deal with self issues. I’m still learning to serve others as unto the Lord without expecting others to show appreciation. I’m more likely to spend too little time and money to please myself. That’s probably true of most mothers and grandmothers. 

Dealing with people in a church setting can be challenging. This study of Romans provides some important tools.

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 27 Day 2 ~ Romans 15:1-6