14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
I am sure at one point in all our lives we have felt persecuted to one extent or another. Hopefully not to the extent that Paul was referring to in his letter to the Romans. I can recall a few times in my life when I felt wronged by being falsely accused, or passed over for a promotion for someone I felt less deserving and less capable. My desire for revenge or wishing ill on another never led to anything positive for me or anyone else. I believe focusing on negative thoughts only serves to diminish our capacity for good that God has given all of us.
I think in this passage, Paul is teaching us to stay focused on helping others and not being self-centered. To me this passage is part of the core of Christian values. Bless everyone, even your enemies and be there for others in times of joy and sorrow. Last but not least, though we may all have different abilities, we are all God’s children and no one person is better than the next.
Bless all of your children and help us to stay focused on sharing our gifts with others. Remove any conceit we may have, so we may serve those in need without hesitation or reservation. Amen.