SENSITIVITY TOWARD OTHERS

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1-7

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” (Romans 15:1,2)

One sure sign of an immature person is his or her self-centered attitude. Spiritually immature people are self-indulgent and self-seeking. Mature people, on the other hand, are sensitive to the needs of others — “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (v. 1). God calls us to be loving, patient, and kind to all people — especially to those who are weak in their faith.

Paul points us to Jesus — “For Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me'” (v. 3). Christ was sensitive to the needs of others. In fact He sacrificed His own well being for weak, sinful people.

Philippians 2:3-5 tells us — “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

How can we do these things? How can we develop a sensitivity toward others — especially weak people? We can only do these things through Christ. We are told — “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). We have Christ living in us (Galatians 2:20), which means that we have access to His mind, His way of thinking. Part of being mature is learning how to think like Christ thinks. Then we will begin to see others in a different light.

Lord Jesus, give me Your mind today. Let me think like You think — especially the way I think about others. Let me be sensitive to their needs. Let me be patient with those who are spiritually weak. Let me build up people today and not tear them down.

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