Benefit of Bearing Burdens
The word of God is consistent in its exhortation to put the interests of others ahead of ourselves. As Paul continues to provide practical counsel on how to live life, he reminds us again of this principle in verses 1-3 of chapter 15: “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.” This isn’t rocket science but it is often outside the orbit of most people [see what I did there?]. As we go through our day we are to bear with the weak, looking to please our neighbor for his good which leads to building up or edification. I think this is for our edification as well. As we obey, we grow. Paul closes this section by identifying this with the example of Jesus. As Jesus did not “please Himself” but gave His life, He did this for the edification of others; but in addition we are told that every knee will bow at the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ example of service leads to the benefit of others and Himself. There is a great benefit of bearing burdens. Trust God’s word and follow.