Many times when we as “Christians” attempt to have open discussions and questions concerning our beliefs, we don’t always acknowledge that we are not necessarily all at the same place on our road to Christian Maturity. Acceptance of those that are new to Christ should be considered your own personal challenge to inform them of what you have learned and believe in through your own personal travels.
According to the Apostle Paul, a weaker brother is a new believer who needs much guidance from those that have walked their own road. Paul’s advice to both weak and strong Christians applies to people of all backgrounds and life experiences; and that their love for one another is the most important gift God has given us to share.
The Apostle Paul gives us examples of some of the basic requirements we need to acquire God’s grace as we travel on that road toward Christian Maturity.
In the book of Romans, Chapter 12, Verses 9-21 NIV, Paul gives explicitly details the importance and loving one another. He begins by writing: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord…”
Throughout the verses, we are strongly reminded that love (and respect) for one another is the number one thing that God tells us to practice that enables us to be good Christians. Love your neighbor as you love yourself and you are fulfilling God’s will.
Paul’s writings always seem to lead the reader to think and act in a more positive way about life. These actions may begin with re-examining our own theological practices and beliefs. In the book of Romans, Paul, in the way he talks to the reader, breaks down our most complicated issues in the most-simple terms that make his message easy to comprehend.
He discusses and instructs us on everything; from politics, life, success, failure and even the ups and downs of our interpersonal relationships. We learn to understand that a person that becomes committed to God is the kind of person that gives God the most pleasure. God wants the love of human beings, not the sacrifice of dead lambs at His altar.
Paul doesn’t promise that only good or pleasurable things will come to the Christian. What he does say is that even when we are experiencing our most difficult times, these situations can be used in God’s overall plan for good; and nothing will separate us from the love of God.
As we carefully read this book of Romans we understand how Paul applies his theology to everyday life itself. We learn the importance of helping others that are less fortunate. We learn the importance of loving and respecting one another. Even as he is writing this great book, Paul is traveling to raise funds for victims of a famine.
Ones road to Christian Maturity will never be an easy one to travel; but it is not a road that you have to travel alone. When we share our joy with others, we are more complete. Love and respect given is also Love and respect received. God still requires us to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
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