TWO THRILLING TRAITS OF CHRIST NEEDED IN YOUR LIFE
ROMANS 15: 1 - 13
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JESUS CHRIST "made Himself of no reputation, and taking the form
of a servant," came "in the likeness of men" (Phil.2:7).
He appealed to His followers then, as He does now, to love and
aid one another. One of His reasons for founding the church was
to establish a support community for His followers. His church
is not to be a mutual admiration society, but it is to be a
mutual aid army. He is our example. In His role, He "came not to
be served, but to serve." We who follow Him must do the same.
I. WE SHOULD EXEMPLIFY UNSELFISHNESS (Vss. 1 - 6)
Selfishness is dealt with in this passage. Christian love and
selfishness are mutually excluding. You don't have both. Some
Christians feel imposed upon by a request that has preceded
regarding doing without some certain foods and special days in
Christ's name. When considering what you are giving up for Him,
remember what He gave up for you. Like Christ, we must be
willing to give up some rights that others might be helped.
In this chapter four different words for servant are used in the
Greek text. God in His wisdom knows that a servant temperament
brings JOY to the servant, GLADNESS to the one served, and gives
GLORY to Him.
"If you want happiness, provide it for others." Frank Tyger
"The only ones among us who will really be happy are those who
have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer
A. Christ's Model Incites Us -- (Vss. 1 - 4)
Verse 1, "We the strong..." Paul identifies himself with the
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