The Case of Burdens

The previous scripture we studied, ‘if you love your neighbor as you love yourself, states you are fulfilling God’s law’ (Galatians 5:14). It is further exemplified in Galatians 6:2, which states we are to bear one another’s burdens. Burdens are sins, challenges, and temptations. Bearing on another’s burdens does not mean that we much carry their burdens.

This scripture means that, as Christians, we should have sympathy for one another and support one another when they fall. This does not mean we should suffer for their trespasses. It is our duty to pray for their redemption in kindness and Godly love. Our support begins through prayer and then in other ways, if appropriate.

The previous scripture we studied, ‘if you love your neighbor as you love yourself, states you are fulfilling God’s law’ (Galatians 5:14). It is further exemplified in Galatians 6:2, which states we are to bear one another’s burdens. Burdens are sins, challenges, and temptations. Bearing on another’s burdens does not mean that we much carry their burdens.

This scripture means that, as Christians, we should have sympathy for one another and support one another when they fall. This does not mean we should suffer for their trespasses. It is our duty to pray for their redemption in kindness and Godly love. Our support begins through prayer and then in other ways, if appropriate.

Praying for those who are willfully harming others is not an easy task, nor is it easy to forgive those who have personally injured you in any way. It is not our nature to carry their burdens. Paul shares that, as Christians, we must support one another through prayer and not fall prey to Satan’s wiles through actions such as speaking and purposely condemning them, hating them, hoping the worst for them, and in any way attempting to tear them down through these means. We are to be sensitive to their plights, stand in love, and pray for their redemption and healing.

None of us is above sinning. All of us fall short of the glory of God. We are warned that we should not rejoice in others fall. Christ does not rejoice in our failings, and we should not enjoy another’s faults. In bearing another’s burdens, we are acknowledging that we to have burdens to bare and want Christ to carry ours as well as our neighbors.

Resources – Galatians 6:2, Studylight.org, Biblestudytools.com,enduringword.com
Images – Google Images

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Fulfill the law with love

www.bible.com/111/gal.5.14.niv

The entire law is fulfilled when you love your neighbor, not because you like them, or you agree with their behavior, but because they too are a child of God. when I was young we were taught to dislike/disagree/hate the behavior, not the person. Our carnality often dilutes our love for one another.

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us br glad and rejoice in it.

Is It Enough?

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. Birthday. We are honoring him for His work as one of the most prominent Civil Rights leaders throughout time. As a minister, he lived the Word. Being human Dr. King, had faults like the rest of us and questioned his effectiveness in spreading the Word and effecting change. Like most of us, he probably queried why God chose Him to do such a monumental work. God select’s people to do His work, we do not choose our path. Some of us do very public work to effect change, others of us live our daily lives living the Word in less conspicuous ways.

We all impact the world in different ways. During my earlier years, I led organizations that focused on diversity, racism, civil rights, and education. I am certain my work made a difference in ways that I cannot even phantom, but my thought today is – was it enough?

Jesus walked the earth and did not question if His work was enough. He laid the foundation for our salvation. His disciples probably questioned their work and wondered, is it enough? The truth is that we are human and will always question whether our work is sufficient.

God instructed us to carry forward in Jesus Name; to carry our cross; to do our best to exude Christ-like behaviors and not only speak about the Good News but to demonstrate it in our daily lives. That is all He asks. Therefore it is enough.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you to do.” Matthew 28:19-20, NKJV

I believe, it is enough if we are walking the path God paved for us before we were born into this world. We should never fall prey to the evil one’s effort to dilute our effectiveness. We should not doubt our effectiveness if we know we are on the path. If you are uncertain, take time to evaluate what you have done, and ask God to show you your walk. He may not show you everything but will often connect the dots. He may bring memories forward about certain events, places, and people you have been connected to during different phases of your life and how you impacted their lives. Like water that cascades outward when you throw a rock into a pond or ocean, you may never know how many people, places and things were affected by your due diligence to spread the Word.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20, ESV

Watch – Serving Others Video by Rev. Dr. Bernice King

Images – Google.com
Scriptures – Bible.com
Video – YouTube

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Our Cross To Bare

When we take up our cross, we agree to follow Christ and take on the burden of denying self for the sake of others. We vow to employ the characteristics of Christ over and above our own human desires. When we pick up the cross, we choose to spread the Good News through discussions, actions, and deeds.

Read Galatians 5:22-23, Fruit of the Spirit.

Other Posts I Authored:

YoungChristianwarriors.com (my other site)

• Why and How Do We Deny Ourselves, Dec 12, 2018

• Chosen To Be Like Christ, Nov 10, 2018

• Dying to Self, March 24, 2018

• Hear, Listen, Understand the Word of God, Jan 16, 2019

• Fruit of the Spirit, Jan 14, 2019

• Defining the Fruit For Children, October 5, 2017

Hear, Listen, Understand the Word of God

Matthew 11:15 seems common sense, but it is describing how to hear/listen and understand.

  1. We must be willing to hear and exempt our mind from prejudice. We cannot attempt to interpret according to our limited understanding.
  2. We should seek to understand the Gospel and endeavor to experience and practice it just as it is stated.
  3. We should listen to the Word because it is pure, plain, and the living Word of God.

God created the earth and all things on and in it. All things on the planet produce sound waves. Our ears were made to hear the subtlest of tones.

Process

When we read the Word out loud or to ourselves, we hear the sounds and interpret the words. The key is to listen for the meaning of what God is saying to us, and not rely on our (own) interpretation. As we listen intently, we begin to understand the truth God is sharing with us. And, through these truths, we begin to align our actions to become more Christlike.

The more frequently we read the Word of God, the deeper it is planted into our hearts. Once it is planted in our hearts, the more readily available it becomes when making daily decisions, large and small.

As the Scripture says, anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. As we become equipped with the Word as our guiding principles, we gain wisdom. Wisdom is the product of listening to the Word for understanding. Wisdom, in turn, develops our faith, and our faith covers us in the Word of God and leads us to salvation and eternal life.

I am holding to the task of Resolving and Acting on the resolve to become a stronger Christian in the face of everyday life in 2019. Join me. Each step we take should bring us closer to Christ.

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2.2 Billion Christians Strong

We Can Light Up the World and Change the Atmosphere.

While reading the daily devotional, Finding God in the Hard Places, I learned that the Pew Research Center reported there are 2.2 billion Christians living on the planet and represent about 30% of all the Earth’s inhabitants.

To quote the author, Ashley Abercrombie, if every Christian alive today focused on worshiping God alone and loving their neighbor, we would light up every corner of the Earth!

End Times?

Many believe we are entering the End Times. The Book of Revelations states that we will experience the battle between good and evil, and it will be recognizable. There have been many periods in history where civilization thought we were entering the End Times, and it certainly feels as if this is the time we are entering now. This is also the time when Christians are called to stand.

World In Turmoil

Whether you believe we are in the End Times or not, I believe we can all agree the world is in turmoil. It’s a global dynamic, a tectonic shift of sorts. Many feel hopeless and many that do are Christians. I understand the unsaved feeling that way, but as Christians, we have power and authority through Christ to change the atmosphere. We are roughly 2.2 billion strong. We are being called to represent Christ, put God first, love our neighbors, and serve one another through servant leadership. We are the change.

Lovers of Self

Paul spoke of being lovers of self, and lounging in our own security and not relying on God’s power. Our inability to stand demonstrates that we do not have the conviction to change the world around us. This is a direct affront on God, who gives us wisdom.

Listen, you lovers of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭47:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul told the Corinthians,

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinth.‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Battle Ensues

God has equipped us with the power of the Word. He has provided armor to prepare us for battle, we cannot fall prey to the evil ones intent to destroy life as we know it. We must stand together, we are roughly 2.2 billion strong, and a force to be reckoned with.

Light Dwells In Us and Emanates Outward

We have to be the light, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The world is observing our every move. Speech (talking) is one thing but an observation (seeing) is worth a thousand words. It is easy to claim to be a Christian, but demonstrating our spirituality is something completely different.

Changing the Atmosphere

Our task is to change the atmosphere and the only way to carry out this is to live like Christ. For me that includes minor things like being less critical and judgmental of our Nation’s leaders on FaceBook, not to ‘like’ negative, evil spirited comments, and not accept the behavioral norms defined by social media as my norms.

If you take time to check your actions, thoughts, and deeds, you will learn what you  must you change to demonstrate loving God first, loving your neighbors (other people), and becoming servant leaders (putting others before self.)

Ashley Abercrombie shared:
“Friend, if we just lived out Jesus’s two simple commands, don’t you think we could abolish human trafficking, reduce inequities in education, race, gender, economics, as well as develop strategies to end global poverty, terrorism, and more?”

Note: Christianity is not something people subscribe to, it is our life. God is our father. He walked the earth as Christ, died for our sins, and now resides in us in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Images – Google Images; Bible.com/Youversion
Scriptures – Biblegateway.com; Bible.com
Resource – Finding God in the Hard Places, Bible.cm/YouVersion

I am holding to the task of Resolving and Acting on the resolve to become a stronger Christian in the face of everyday life in 2019. Join me. Each step we take should bring us closer to Christ.

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Hearing His Word

It’s important to learn the Word so your relationship becomes more vivid. God speaks to us in many ways, but I find it most comforting when He teaches me through the Word. Memorize a daily devotional scripture each day and watch it strengthen your faith and emotional stamina.