Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church



             Bearing the weaker Bretheren

                                           January 25, 2014



Romans 15:1-6 NKJV


We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Surprise message spoiler......sometimes...YOU ARE the weaker bretheren.


Everyone has moments of strength and weakness. Some of these times fall into various categories and classifications.


You may be able to fool others with a brave chin and a stout glare...but God inside you knows and understands the things that can bring you to a shamble.


It must be our daily appointment with God that we pray for the Lord to give us a charitable and thankful heart for those around us that we might remain steadfast as we all work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil. 2:12)



Perfection is in the eye of the beholder


I Corinthians 13:11-13 NKJV


When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Here in 1 Corinthians 13,  Paul, who knows better than anyone that he never really knew himself before Jesus, is now encouraging us to move on past the tunnel vision of worldly vanity.



The most humbling experience a believer can receive is the realization of our own tiny existence. We can become so self-important and arrogant in our own eyes that we miss the greatness of the triune God right in our midst.



Once we regain our optic perspective, we are able to not only better see our role in creation; we can also see others as God sees them. It is difficult for us to fully appreciate the greatness of God unless we allow ourselves to see him filtering through the lives of each of us.



Learning to see yourself in others ...and others in yourself.


Matthew 7:9-12 NKJV


Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!  Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.


The simple goodness of God is a perspective that must be experienced to fully understand. Seeing our brothers and sisters as God sees them is truly a God’s eye view. It is a positioning that cannot be comprehended outside the borders of the love of God.



Jesus prefaces a vastly important statement by first couching it in an important concept. How good is God to us? Does he tease the hungry by dangling bread or worse, giving him the inconsumable? Does he propagate evil toward his creation even though only he could be justified in doing so?


He then applies his teaching toward those who are in the position to practice the golden rule upon their lives and those who God has entrusted around them. This Royal code passed down from the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, is now the operating procedure for all who sit at his feet and worship at his throne.



Releasing equals freedom for everyone


Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV


“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Spiritual bondage is the sin of stubbornness. We fall into various bondages because there is something we will simply not cease elevating above our God.

Bondages have a ton of names, descriptions, and roots...but the one that we can control on our own and is simply a choice not to is forgiveness.

Forgiveness emanates from our heart, not our intellect. Our intellect will give us fifty good reasons NOT to bury the hatchet, but forgiveness is a heart decision that is easily manifested in the natural with a simple instruction from a renewed mind and the power of the Holy Spirit.


The beautiful thing about knocking down prison walls is everyone gets set free. A jailbreak is no fun unless everybody makes it out the door. Forgiveness is God’s key that unlocks the prison doors we build through pride, arrogance, and stubbornness.  FORGIVENESS IS THAT JAILBREAK!



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