Romans 15:1-7 (ESV):
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
This week we finished reading Romans. Romans 15 talks about loving our neighbor and welcoming one another. As an office, loving and welcoming our neighbor is important. We love refugees, and we love our neighbors. Our neighbor isn’t just the people living beside us. Our neighbor is anyone who has a need and with whom we can share love and build relationship. It’s time for Thanksgiving, and the first settlers were refugees or asylum seekers. Where we would be today if not for the help of some Native American Indians who chose to welcome us and not see us come to harm? As our country is now in a time of turmoil and division, I’m thankful that Christ calls us to unity and love, and I pray that our nation will do likewise this holiday despite our recent choice for president. God is glorified when we love and welcome our neighbor.