Week of April 21 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 15:7

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  

Day 1 Read: Romans 15:1-4

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”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.  

Reflect: Why do you think Paul addressed those who were strong? What does it mean that he included himself? How do these words match up with what Paul said earlier in this letter in Romans 12:16?

Consider: Paul had written that Christians should not despise or condemn others (14:1–12) nor should they hinder the conduct of other Christians (14:13–23). Now he gave a third principle to observe when a believer is dealing with fellow Christians: he is to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was supremely the Person who ministered on behalf of others, not for Himself. It is fitting, therefore, that those who take His name should imitate Him.[1]

Respond: What’s the difference between pleasing our neighbor (v. 2) and bearing with them and “people-pleasing”? What examples do you recall of Jesus accepting and serving others? How do Jesus’ examples help you show genuine concern for others?

[1] John A. Witmer, “Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 494.