What a great definition of a person who is strong.
A strong person does not go out to please themselves, but instead seek out their neighbour to see what good thing they can do to please them and/or encourage them.
It is this kind of attitude that builds harmony within a community and enables us to show others the power of the love of Christ.
For when the person of power and strength is spending their time building up and giving, imagine the impact that has on the Church. I am sure we have heard too many stories of such people controlling, manipulating and putting down others in the church, especially the pastor, leaving a trail of destruction behind them.
There is another kind of strength showing up these days – a rebellious trait – “I can drink, I can smoke, I can have sex with anyone, anytime” etc. I am probably just as worried about this one as the other. It seems that when we follow Christ, we feel so powerful and sense His amazing unconditional love, that we take advantage of it and abuse it. That is not enough, now we want others to come and join us in our rampage and feel that if one does not they are a prude or wimp or holier-than-thou judge.
It is amazing how often the strong destroy the weak.
As people of strength, we know that our strength comes from walking with Jesus. As Jesus came, not to please Himself, but in fact, took the weakness of the world upon Himself, let us follow His example.