Romans 15:2 – Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) used to sing a song entitled, “Don’t Bring Me Down”. I must admit that I used to think they were singing, “Don’t bring me down, Bruce.” And I wondered what Bruce had done to get them so frustrated, especially since the song is about a girl who is acting all uppity. The real word is “Grroosss”.
Isn’t it funny how easy it is for people to bring other people down. The other day, I asked someone how they were feeling and then commented that they didn’t look to good. I meant it out of concern since the fellow has been having some health problems. Although I didn’t mean to do it I brought him down and made him feel even worse (Sorry, friend). “Don’t bring me down, Grroosss!”
Then the other day someone did something to me. I was feeling really good about a song I sang in church a few weeks back because it had a great message. I will be the first to admit that my singing and guitar playing are not the best. But someone told me that I should stick to what I do best. Now I am afraid to do anything because I am not really sure what I do best. “Don’t bring me down, Grroosss!”
We went through a beautiful revival with a speaker who challenged us to get off the pews and get out in the streets. Unfortuantely, as I high as I was feeling about the power of that revival there are some who have chosen to fuss and complain about it. “Don’t bring me down, Grroosss!”
Sometimes we do mean it to hurt. We say something hasty or out of sorts and then it’s too late to take it back. Feelings are hurt and that can cause bitterness and mistrust. “Don’t bring me down, Grroosss!”
It only takes a few quick words to knock someone off their weight loss journey. Some people think they are being supportive by saying things like, “You can go back on your diet tomorrow” or “One little piece won’t hurt”. Both statements are true but you don’t know how hard it was to get to that point in weight loss. It takes a strong mind set on doing right to keep on focus. But once you slip it is often hard to get your mind set back again.
We are supposed to be working together in the kingdom to bring others to Christ and His glory. But often we are distracted by petty bickering and ill feelings towards others. Some times it’s just sharing our opinion about something we should keep to ourselves. “Don’t bring me down, Grroosss!”
This should not be so. The Bible tells us over and over again to be humble and to build others up. Don’t let your pride get in the way and bring someone down.
Let’s work to build each other up!
Prayer Thought: Dear Heavenly Father, Please fill my mouth with worthy stuff and nudge me when I’ve said enough. I want to honor you with my words. I pray that you will help me to build others up instead of tearing them down. In Jesus’ name, Amen.