1. We who are strong (in our convictions and of robust faith) ought to bear with the failings and the tender scruples of the weak. We ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others — and not to please ourselves.
2. Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him — that is to strengthen him and build him up spiritually.
3. For Christ gave no thought to His own interests to please Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches and abuses of those who reproached and abused you fell on Me. Amp.
Edify – d) to instruct or improve morally or spiritually
The scripture is basically saying that to teach others and build them up, you will have to have a lot of patience. Colossians 3:13 says, “Be gentle and forbearing with one another…readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has freely forgiven you, so must you forgive.”
Col. 3:12 says, “Clothe yourself as God’s own picked representatives … putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, and patience which is tireless, long-suffering and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper.” Amp. We must show others the love and patience the Lord has shown us.
Verse 14 says put on love. Verse 15 says let peace rule. Verse 16 says, to let the Word have its home in your heart as you teach and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
We must have patience, let peace rule and sing!
These things do not come naturally to humankind. We receive patience by enduring and bearing trials, Romans 5:3-4. This means that we must learn to bear trouble. I have shared before how so many trials the Lord has brought in my life, I could have ended with a phone call. If you pray about your life, then there are no coincidences. At times we must wait upon the Lord and let Him fix things. If He promises to supply our needs, will He not do it?
He is in control of the smallest detail of my life. I am not to step out of the boundaries that He sets or I will only hurt myself. We must truly learn to be led by the Holy Spirit or we will not have the patience and other spiritual resources that we so desperately need. He knows how to build us up, only then can we build up others.
Then after we receive peace and patience, how do we let them rule? I have shared my ladder before. Here it is again. We either let peace rule our hearts or eventually fear will rule our hearts. We must recognize when we are giving in to these symptoms. They lead you up or down.
FEAR RULES - 2 TIMOTHY 1-7 Confusion (Greek word for Babylon) Unbelief/Darkness Unthankful Lies of the Enemy Discouragement Sadness Worry PEACE RULES - COLOSSIANS 3:15 Peace/Faith Rest in His Love and Promise Praise and Worship Thankful/Positive Attitude Truth/Word of God Eyes on Jesus/Be Still Focus on the Good We must watch ourselves and see how we are reacting. Is it positive or negative and complaining? Then we must take it to the Lord and He will always fix us up. If we do not fight and resist the things that lead up to fear, we will eventually be without faith and will fall. We either go forward or backward. We never stand still. We must sing the Lord's spiritual songs. There are so many songs but they do not all belong to the Lord. We have to pray about the songs. It is very important. They must be that anointed song that His presence can inhabit or you are wasting your time. There is great power in Praise and Worship and not in watching videos. The songs must not be focused on man and his talents, but on the Spirit of the Lord and His presence. Satan will do his best to steal what he can. If we let peace rule, just think how everything will fall into place! How wonderful life can be!