Summary: For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” - Romans 15:2 One day the phone rang and it was a minister who was very well known in America, I was surprised to speak to him an ..
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” - Romans 15:2
One day the phone rang and it was a minister who was very well known in America, I was surprised to speak to him and knew who he was by the voice. He got right to the point and was almost angry because of a message he heard preached from one of the conferences we ran. As he was speaking about the problems he had with the message, I was starting to prepare in my mind how to defend and respond to him. Then the Lord spoke to my heart very softly and gave me the picture of how the minister who shared this message had many people like this calling him and sharing the problems. God basically said me to are you willing to just listen and bear the insults and hurt to yourself for the other. I trusted the Lord and just quietly heard what the brother shared, not defending the message or trying to rebuttal him. Christ did not try and avoid suffering or insults but took them gladly for the Lord. He bore the shame and mistreatment of men who were created in the image of God. He endures insults from tongues that he himself spoke into existence. He heard railings from the mouths of those who he sustained with air and breath. Our Lord did not please himself but was willing to suffer for another.
Andrew Murray says, "He bore the reproaches, with which men reproached and dishonoured God, so patiently, that He might glorify God and save man. His life is our rule and example; we who are strong ought not to please ourselves." Christ was the most powerful, the most capable, the most able to stop the situations he was in. But instead he willfully bore-long with those who insulted him. Are you in a situation where people are unjustily accusing you? Yes, you could fix the situation by trying to fight back in some way. But instead if we die to our self and become like Christ we will bear those insults for the Lord's sake. When someone slanders your name remember that they slandered our Lord's name on earth before. When people insult you, remember our Lord was also insulted by the religious leaders in his day. In context also this passage is speaking about we who are mature and strong in Christ need to bear with the "failings of the weak" even though they insult you or misunderstand you (Romans 15:1-2). When some brother or sister maligns us we need to be more concerned for them then ourselves. When a follower in the Lord insults and mistreats us we need to pray for them and seek to love them more. May God give you endurance to suffer insult and who love those in the body who misunderstand and hurt you.