Romans 15:1-6 (The Message)
1 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a
hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us.
Strength is for service, not status. 2 Each one of us needs to look after the
good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?"
3 That's exactly what Jesus did. He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding
people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out. "I took on the troubles
of the troubled," is the way Scripture puts it. 4 Even if it was written in
Scripture long ago, you can be sure it's written for us. God wants the
combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in
Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do
next. 5 May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in
you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us
all. 6 Then we'll be a choir--not our voices only, but our very lives singing
in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

These verses are written as directions on how we are to respond to those who do
not have the strength to carry forward in life. Jesus is given as our example
that we should follow. He never avoided the problems of the people, but was
willing to face them.

Can you imagine a choir if they did not work together to sing their parts of a
song? What if one person decided to sing one song while another person chose
something else. Or the tenors decided they wanted to act like they had bass
voices, but all that was coming out was broken notes. As Christians God calls
us to work together in harmony just as a choir is to work together to produce
beautiful music, each performing their part, each using their own talent. We
are to use our strengths together to help those in need. And as God uses your
strength He will develop you and use you that you may join with others in
helping His family. Pray that God use you in His service to others, ministering
as Jesus ministered. Pray that He blends you into His family where you become
stronger and stable and mature, able to love others, and always reaching out.
God bless each and everyone one of you and may you be strengthened and