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Carry Each Other’s Burdens

Galatians 6:2

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

RayMcDCarry each other’s burdens. Like some – I work better with someone working along side of me rather than working alone. I know folks that work well alone – but I like having someone there with me – even if just for company. I’ve encouraged my wife at times to simply be in the yard with me while working to have someone there. I can work alone – but I work better with someone there to talk to and bounce ideas off of.

Carry each other’s burdens. I wonder how many of us have had issues in life (almost all of us I imagine). I can also imagine that often having someone help us through the difficult time was appreciated. Whether is was a loan at just the right time – a word of advice – a shoulder to lean on – a prayer said at just the right time – a kind word of encouragement – or simply just being there. Continue reading

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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? Continue reading

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Let Us Not Become Weary in Doing Good

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

In the midst of a teaching/writing on helping others – Paul writes about not growing weary of helping – doing good.  Here is the context.

Galatians 6:1-10 – 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load. 6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who 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.

Part of the cost of following Jesus – part of denying self and living for Jesus – has to do with serving others.  Serving others – thinking of others above ourselves – is not natural for many.  It is actually unnatural for most – but it is part of the new self that comes when we receive Christ.

StreetReach was an opportunity for many to give of themselves.  Young people gave a week of their summers to serve others.  Some of the youth gave up a week of their summer jobs and the “cash” that comes with it to serve others.  Some adults gave up a week of vacation.

Not only did they give up a week – but they slept in tents on the ground.  They worked in the heat pulling weeds – fighting poison ivy – trimming trees and bushes.  They sweat and felt the muscle pain of manual labor.  They put it all out there to reach the community for Christ – one yard at a time.

How have we given of ourselves lately?  What have we done to serve others – to doing good to others?  Are we giving of ourselves to others – for Christ’s sake?

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

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