Bible Reflection: Living Life to Edify Others

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Living Life to Edify Others

Being Like-Minded According to Christ Jesus

by J.M. Troppello

In my devotions today, I read through Psalm 102. After reading the passage, I read through the educational notes in my Thomas Nelson Study Bible. One of the Bible references was Romans 15:1-6 about living a life to edify others and being like-minded according to Christ Jesus. Basically, we should be living life to edify others as a new creation in Jesus.

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 15:1-6 (NKJV)

After spending some time reviewing this passage, I took an inventory of how I’ve been doing lately in the following areas as referenced in this passage, titled: Bearing Others’ Burdens.

  • Bear with those who are not strong Christians or are weak from troubles

  • Bearing with others and not always trying to please myself

  • Living with the mindset of edifying other people I interact with

  • Patiently reading through the scriptures for true comfort and hope

  • Glorifying God through my actions and edification of others

Making a bulleted list of all the areas this passage calls me to work on truly resonated with me. It made the truths of this scripture jump out at me—and realize areas where I’m not excelling.

I’m an encourager. You can read more in this article about how I’ve used love notes to enhance my marriage. However, this passage of scripture is urging me to truly live for the edification of others. It even shares how Christ did not please himself but obeyed the Father and gave His life for the whole world.

Is it too much to ask that as a Christian, I imitate Christ’s love for others, and edify people in my life?

However, many times things get in the way of my efforts to edify others.

  • I’ve had a bad day and take my frustrations out on someone else.

  • I’m depressed and have no capacity to encourage anyone.

  • I’m in selfish mode and only want what I want.

  • I’m too busy and have no time to bear someone’s burdens.

  • Life is difficult and I fall into having a pity party.

  • I’m too focused on following my dreams and not God’s Kingdom.

For some reason, this Bible study time really hit me hard today. Maybe that means I need to work on being even more of an encourager than I thought I was—especially when I don’t feel like it.

That’s when God can truly work in my life. He can mold me into a more mature Christian when I focus less on myself and my needs and more on the needs of others.

I urge you to take a personal inventory today on the bullet points in my first list. Ask yourself if you are following those words and edifying others in your life.

One thought I leave you with:

It’s easy to love those who are loveable. It’s more difficult to love the unlovable. Yet, when you lose yourself to the love of Christ, it’s simple to love people you don’t like through the power of the Holy Spirit.


About the Author

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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