Romans 15:1-6 NIV
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It could be argued that this passage is not related to the current bill passing through Parliament about small boats. Well, I say it is. Scripture is replete with commands for the strong, the powerful, the wealthy and the secure to help, support and welcome the stranger, the poor, the oppressed and our neighbour. To put their interests ahead of our own. Or at the least, to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. People who suggest that desperate folk in small boats are 'illegal' and call the government policy 'compassionate' might want to take a reality check. People in small boats are people. They are human beings. They are our sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and children. 'What you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me' says Jesus in Matthew 25:40.
Lord Jesus, may we see with your eyes and love with your love. Amen.