Well, they tell me to do things that I really do not want to do, and further, at which I am not really very good.
Bottom line those passages tell me that I am to put other people’s needs ahead of my own. The instruction does not seem limited to Sunday either. Seems like the expectation is it should be a way of life for me. To add insult to injury the chain seems to be saying this behavior should extend to my speech. I am to say only things that build up other people.
So the reality is if I am following Christ aright, all my consideration should be what is best for all of the other people in my life and my words toward them should be calculated either to draw them to the Lord or else closer to Him.
Makes me tired.
I can’t do it.
The only hope I have in this is that Christ lived this way. Colossians 3:1 – 3, Romans 6:3 – 11, and Galatians 2:20 tell me that the life I now live is His life. That means that through Him, I should be able to do what He says.
I fail. I am weak.
So glad that 2 Corinthians 12:9 is there and true.