be the friend

Posted: February 22nd, 2011 | Filed under: life | Tags: | No Comments »

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. -Romans 15:1 ESV

It takes a certain amount of spiritual strength to be able to help a fallen friend. It’s interesting that those who are weak think it is more righteous to dissociate with someone who messed up. Instead of being a force of grace that helps you prevail, they become one of the most damaging forces that you have to overcome. If bragging rights were to be had, they’d be had by the one who laid aside her sense of self and refused to leave another behind. If you want to know what strength looks like, look for the one who sets public opinion aside for the sake of the one the public threw out.

That’s what Jesus did.

Those who know are strong in the faith have the greatest obligation to be the lowest. If you walk around as though you have the spiritual upper-hand, then you are showing your ignorance and weakness.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. – Philippians 2:5-7 ESV

If you want the spotlight, avoid the spotlight. Do what nobody else wants to do. If you don’t, your pride will topple another way.

Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. -Matthew 23:11

Love the unlovable. Help them clean up their mess.

Christ did not please himself, but as it is written,”The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” -Romans 15:3 ESV

Take the hits for them.

By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. -Ecclesiastes 4:12

Be the friend.


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