God does not judge actions as much as He judges motive. As a child of God you should ask yourself what God does not want, and why are you still doing He does not want. As humans, we have the tendency to be selfish and our motives behind what we do many times are selfish. The reasons why we give, come to church, or do certain things sometimes are selfish.
It is time we examined our motive because we can limit God just by this singular act – Motive. After Cain had just committed murder God asked him about his brother. This question implies responsibility for one another’s welfare. Cain responded with a question: am I my brother’s keeper?
Gen 4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
The Apostle Paul emphasized our responsibility of helping with our brother’s burden though everyone has his own burden to bear. He said we should serve one another: husband to serve his wife and same for the wife; parents should serve the kids and vice versa. Service is the way to live.
Gal 6:2-10 Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the Law of Christ.
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, being nothing, he deceives himself.
But let each one prove his own work, and then he alone will have a boast in himself, and not in another.
For each one will bear his own load.
But let him who is taught in the Word share with the one teaching in all good things.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap.
For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit.
But we should not lose heart in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint.
So then as we have time, let us work good toward all, especially toward those of the household of faith.
Gal 5:13-18 For, brothers, you were called to liberty. Only do not use the liberty for an opening to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
I say, then, Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. And these are contrary to one another; lest whatever you may will, these things you do.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
A FEW THOUGHTS ON THIS SUBJECT
- Christians are joined together by covenant. This covenant is symbolized by the Holy Spirit and the precious blood of Jesus Christ. We belong together by same covenant, Gal 3:29. Covenant is immortal; it cannot be broken.
- A Christian cannot be destroyed from outside, only from inside, Gal 5:15 A Christian can only be betrayed by other Christians. Unbelievers and the devil do not have the power to devour you as a Christian, Matt 10:36.
- The real strength in the Christian life is not in uniformity but in unity, 1 Cor 12:12.
- Love is not an advice, it is a command. A good Christian must love the brotherhood, Eph 5:2. You must love the unlovable, Ps 133:1-2. When we love one another the blessings flow.
- We need each other. We can’t discard one another.
WHY SHOULD YOU BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDEN?
- Because God says so.
- Because our joint strength and ability is multiplied. What I can’t do alone we can do better when we join strength together, Eccl 4:9-12. You strength is not sufficient to meet the troubles of tomorrow; you need people.
- Because you will need somebody to carry you someday.
- Because you will be investing in your future and that of your children also, Pro 21:13.
- Because if you don’t bear someone’s burden you will be preventing others from carrying yours, Gal 5:9.
- Because that is the spirit of Christ and the church, 1John 3:11.
VIRTUES OF BURDEN BEARING
- Remember to pray for one another, Phil 1:19.
- Counsel people, Pro 25:11.
- By giving, Eph 4:28.
- By forbearing, forgiving and longsuffering. Forgiveness is opening the door only to find out that you are the prisoner. Sometimes, you’ve got to give people the benefit of doubt.
- By provoking others to good works, Heb 10:24.
The easiest way the devil can destroy Christians is to separate them from the fellowship. You can only learn to pray for other people in the midst of your challenges. The reason why some of our prayers are not answered sometimes is because of our self-centered prayers. People don’t care who or how big you are but how much you are interested in them. You’ve got to possess the milk of human kindness.
God bless you.
There is strength in unity not in uniformity.