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Are We to Help Carry the Burdens of Others?

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

112015 Ray McDonaldI have all but ended my interest in the NFL this year. Are they close to the end of the season yet? Is baseball season ready to start yet? Come on spring training. I now know the pain of other football fans – when their team is out of the race – way early in the season. It is a pain for sure! But – it – is – only – a – sport! It – is – not – life! I have to keep telling myself this truth.

I also need to keep reminding myself that there are real concerns in the world – not these silly 1st world concerns with sports. I was spending time the last few days praying for those in Kenya and France and other places around the world where evil has reared its ugly head this year with terrorist attacks. The unthinkable has become reality. Satan – evil – is rearing its ugly face. The burden is great and the Body of Christ needs to stand up and be counted – to help carry the burden of so many. But how can we help? Where can we help? Is there a way to carry each other’s burdens in these days?

Listen how God puts it through His servant Paul – a call to carry the burdens of others. Galatians 6:1–10 – 1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

I love how that section of God’s Word ends – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. What opportunities are there for us to help? What opportunities do we have to carry someone’s burden? Just look around sisters and brothers – God has placed us in just the right place – at just the right time – to help carry someone’s burden.

Here’s a Biblical example.  Luke 10:30–37 – 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 18, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Send, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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