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Here are 3 things Christians should do. Don’t shoot the messenger, okay?
Do you hate hearing someone say, “You should…” or “You really need to…” or “You have to…”?
I do. Bossy people can be kind of annoying.
And yet, here we are, about to talk about what Christians should do.
What I should do. And what you should do.
You should help others do what is right
According to Romans 15:2, you “should help each other do what is right and build them up in the Lord” (NLT).
Paul is talking to believers who are stressing about what is okay to do and not do in the freedom of Christianity, namely eating certain foods.
He gives his audience (yes, that’s you) a lot of leeway here, but then a caution. Don’t lead anyone else into sin and prioritize your own pleasure; if you are strong, you still need to sensitive to someone who isn’t.
You should help them do what is right and build them up in the Lord.
How do you help someone do what is right?
Hebrews 10:24-25 says that we ought to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. And then the author links that to meeting together.
This could (and most likely was intended to) mean church fellowship, as well as small group discipleship and friendship.
Galatians 6:2 says we are to bear one another’s burdens and fulfill God’s law. Helping someone, praying for them, encouraging them in a tough time will help strengthen them to do what is right in that season.
And in Romans 15, it means having compassion for those who struggle in certain areas. Whether that is drinking, dieting, watching TV, or something althogether different, don’t rub your freedom in their face by exploiting it, but rather encourage them and stand beside them with compassion.
You should live in harmony with one another
Romans 15:5 says that you ought to live in complete harmony “as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus ” (NLT).
You do this (according to Colossians 3:12-14) by loving them. And yes, you have to love people. Don’t believe me? Read the Bible; it’s in there!
It even talks about needing to like them. Surprised? Yeah, I’m still recovering from this particular truth bomb that exploded in my life recently (read more at “You are obligated to love and like people.“)
You should enhance those around you and build them up; you should help them be their best.
What is harmony?
The harmony in a song is different from the melody, but it adds beauty and depth to it. They’re not the same, but they work together to create something stronger and more complete.
We don’t have to sing the same song, so to speak, but we do need to enhance one another and bring out the best in one another.
Does your relationship with another Christian spur them on to good deeds? Strengthen their faith? Shore up their weaknesses? Enhance their natural gifts?
No? Well then, it’s time to reassess how you’re living and your relationships.
You should have hope
Romans 15:13 says that you should “overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (NLT). This happens when God, who is Hope, fills you with joy and peace because of your trust in Him.
As His child, you can trust Him. When that happens, you also hope in Him. This hope will sustain you through so many hard seasons, sweet friend. Grab tightly to it.
Related: When You Trust God…BUT…
My prayer for you today is that that you rest in Him, trusting Him, and let Him grow in you the love for His children so that you can fulfill your purpose on earth as His child.
You should stand confidently, hoping in Christ.
You should be an image-bearer
That’s what it all comes down to. You are made in His image and you ought to reflect it. When that happens, the rest of it all is a given.
And you do this by abiding in Him. By letting your roots grow down deep in Him. By loving Him and by letting His love transform you. And by bearing the fruit of that relationship.
You should bear His image.