Encourage One Another


If you are a strong Christian, you are to encourage the weak Christian. You're not here to please yourself. The church does not exist to make you happy.

Sometimes committees and choirs might be looking for a time to meet, and the conversation may go something like this: "Well, let me see if we can do it this time. No, that’s when I bowl.” Or “How about this time?” “No, that is when I have to pick up my children from ball practice."

Well, if the time that’s going to be best for you is not going to be the best time for everybody else, then you need to give up the time that’s best for you. That’s what he’s saying. You don’t please yourself. You don’t put yourself number one. We need to get our eyes on the glory of God and begin to love and serve one another.

God wants us to encourage one another, to lift up one another. Romans 15:1 says, "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”