For the Good of Others (11/8/2020)
Second in a series on Romans 15:1-3
“Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification” (Romans 15:2).
Paul here sets up a contrast with what he has already taught. Instead of pleasing ourselves by exercising our liberties as a child of God, we should rather yield to our neighbor’s understanding in order not to lead him into sin.
And this behavior is exhibited for the long-term spiritual good of our neighbor. The “edification” mentioned is, of course, for the benefit of the neighbor himself but also for the edification of all those who observe such caring behavior.
Paul is teaching not only a method of behaving but also a method of thinking. When any person shapes his thinking to the point that he can set aside his personal desire for the benefit of a fellow, he or she has reached a degree of spiritual maturity.