Celestine Francis is the founder of the ‘Word and Freedom’ ministry and has also written a 30-day devotional book entitled ‘Closer to Him’.
'Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up.' (Romans 15:2)
As I reflect on a challenging time in my life, I recall feeling neglected and abandoned by fellow believers. Just like the priest and the Levite mentioned in the parable of the Good Samaritan, sadly, believers passed on by and neglected to stop.
Romans 15:2 says, 'Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up'.
Here are three key points we can take away from this verse:
1. No one is exempt
The verse begins by saying ‘each of us’. This means all believers are to take heed of the instructions. As born-again believers, this verse is for you and me, with no exemptions.
2. Be all things to all people
We are to please our neighbours for their good. We can learn from the apostle Paul’s example to become all things to all people that we may win them for Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:22)
3. Build others up
To edify or build someone up is to promote their growth in Christian wisdom. All of us should journey from faith to faith and from glory to glory, and we are responsible for aiding others in this process with the Lord.
Therefore, I challenge you this Christmas, will you pass by on the other side like the priest and the Levite? Or will you recognise that you are not exempt from pleasing and building up your neighbour?