April 1, 2015

Today you should read: Galatians 6:1-10

Bear One Another’s Burdens…

We aren’t made to do life alone.  Sometimes things fall apart – sometimes we lose it – sometimes we make mistakes that cost us big.  We need each other.  Sometimes we need a hug – sometimes a kick in the seat of the pants.  Sometimes we need a hand – sometimes we need a shoulder.  It’s a reciprocal thing – this week it can be me – next week it may be you.

Paul instructs on how to do this – how to bear one another’s burdens.

 

1. Remain spiritual

Nothing is worth laying down our spirituality for.  It’s easy to do.  I’ve done it – you’ve done it – too many times.  We allow our temper to get the best of us, or we look down our nose at someone in pride.  Stay spiritual – act godly in the situation.

 

2. Restore Restore Restore

The goal in any situation is restoration.  It’s helping someone back up and back into the game.  God has a heart to restore – we must too.  This can be accomplished through encouraging words, helpful actions, and prayer.

 

3. Be gentle

This means we can’t be in a hurry – we must be patient and kind.  We must express the character of God as we help.

 

4. Be humble

so that you too will not be tempted. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.  1 Corinthians 10:12  Have a humble attitude and spirit as you assist.

By doing this we are fulfilling the law of Christ…

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Matthew 22:37-39

Always look for an opportunity to do good – especially to other Christians.

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Galatians 6:10

Posted by: Tim Parsons 

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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