July 19th – John 15:13
We live in a world that glorifies a “me first” attitude. But have you ever stopped to think about how your actions and decisions affect fellow believers? Jesus tells us to love each other like He loves us. And although we may not be called to physically lay down our life for another, when it comes to helping others better know Jesus, we are called to lay down our prejudices, biases, opinions, rights, and political views. Because Paul tells us it’s better to limit our own freedom than to cause a weaker believer to sin. That means if we’re ever in a situation where are free in Christ to participate but see a fellow Christian struggling, we are to decline for their benefit. When we walk in the flesh it’s natural for our first concern to be our own needs and rights. But when we walk hand in hand with Christ, will can rejoice over self sacrificing. Because doing so glorifies God, edifies His people, and grows His kingdom.