“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if any one thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.”
Paul asks us to bear one another’s burdens, and in the Galatians’ passage he is talking specifically about the burden of sin. What is our attitude when we find out that a friend has been caught in a “trespass”? Do we look at them and think, “well they deserve it”, or “they asked for it, let them deal with it”, or “I knew they were going to end up this way!” Sometimes we can have a smugness about ourselves thinking, “I would never do that!” I am ashamed to say that I have seen this attitude in myself. Sometimes we are not sure we should even associate with the sinner until they get their act together. Can you imagine if Christ had that attitude?
I think Galatians 6:3 is the integral part to today’s message: “For if any one thinks he is something, when is nothing, he deceives himself.” It is imperative for us to understand we all sin, we all fail, at one time or another. We are all weak and erring creatures. Someone else’s problem should not make us feel better about ourselves. We, as believers, have asked Christ to take on our burdens when we come to him. He has been with us through all our mistakes, failures, and sins and yet we know that he will never forsake us or leave us. We come before him daily asking for forgiveness of our sins. And we know and believe we are forgiven. Yet we can have a hard time forgiving others or understand they too have difficulties in their lives. Let us realize that we are all in the same boat and all of us have burdens we are dealing with, and some are more public than others.
May we not lose sight of the importance of reaching out to those around us that are hurting and burdened, and may we take that step to help them. One day it may be us that need that outstretched hand.
Subject: Daily Bible Message – Becoming Like Children
Date: October-04-10 6:43:07 AM
Becoming Like Children
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn(convert) and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
“And they came to Caperna-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
In these two accounts we see the apostles discussing who will be the greatest in the kingdom and who was the greatest amongst themselves. Not even the apostles were immune to wanting to have position and greatness in this life and in the future! Jesus teaches his spiritual children an important lesson by using a young child. Jesus calls to the child and the child obeys him and comes to him. I like the account in Mark as it describes Jesus taking the child into his arms. Jesus uses the attributes of a young child to teach a lesson we all need to hear. Children automatically rely on their parents.
Do we rely on God for everything? Children are open to learning and absorbing what their parents say. Have we stopped growing spiritually, thinking we have learned all we need to know? Children believe and love unconditionally. Are we besieged by doubt and fears, not trusting in our Lord’s grace? Children are carefree. Do we let the cares of this world crowd out the joy of being in Christ?
When we see a child today may we remember that God is our Father and may our relationship with Him be one of faith, reliance, love and growth.