Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Bear One Another's Burdens

Scripture: Galatians 6 v 7 - 9: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

Romans 15 v 1 - 2: "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
 2  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification."

There is nobody perfect except Jesus. We are a work in progress until He catches us up to Heaven, and then we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye to be like Him. So if we come across a fallen Christian restore him gently as you would like to have that same kindness done to you if you should fall.

We must bear each other's burdens. When someone is struggling, as we pray expect to feel the weight of their load resting on us.  We should not complain or reject it. As Jesus bore our sins we must do our part to help our brethren. Not every Christian is called by God to be an Intercessor, those who take on many prayers daily, but we can be available to the Lord if He needs us.

Everyone bears his own responsibility and will give an account to the Lord one day. God does not allow Himself to be mocked by anyone so we must be very careful, because what we sow we shall surely reap. If we cause hurt or pain to the family of God we are in danger of being hurt ourselves.

So keep short accounts and be quick to repent of wrongdoing.  If you have sown bad seeds like gossipping; undermining; belittling; arguing; being resentful then pray for crop failure before those seeds germinate and come back to taunt you.  We receive a hundred-fold return whether good or bad.

In the world there is very little love, gentleness or kindness so spread the love of Jesus around and surprise people into the Kingdom of God. We can see how the world is disintegrating around us.

Fear has come on many this past year with the pandemic and its variants happening.  The Antichrist is rising.  Jesus says "Fear not' to those who follow Him diligently.   He can only protect those whose names are in the Lamb's Book of Life.  That is our passport to everlasting life.

The moment we are born again by faith in Jesus Christ with our sins washed away in His Blood and baptised by full immersion in water then our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. In Revelations 2 Jesus says also that if we don't overcome the sins of our flesh and soul then our names may be removed from the Book of Life.
Revelations 3 v 5 - 6: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
 6  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."

For the power of the gospel to apply to us - If you believe; if you follow Me; if you love one another; if you bear other's burdens; if you obey My Word - then our prayers are answered and our salvation is sure.

So bear one another's burdens; live a holy life by worshipping God and loving others. Stand for what is true and just, and shun evil people and their ways. This is the way to ensure where you will spend eternity. Remember what Paul said - If the righteous scarcely be saved, what of these others?  

Bearing other's burdens is also connected to a verse in Colossians 1 v 23 - 25: 
"If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
 24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
 25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;"

When we go through suffering in our flesh it continues the work of Jesus on the Cross, and is for His Body, the Church, to be able to overcome the trials and tribulations on minefield Earth.  Paul says we are filling up those afflictions and manifestations that could not all be fully expressed on the Cross.  Jesus took it on, all of it, some we had to suffer ourselves.  On various prayer groups on social media I often read notes asking why God lets us suffer if Jesus took it.  We have to workout our own salvation and overcome the flesh.

To become one with Jesus we have to be like Him in everything He did and He is our Great Intercessor, praying for us night and day before our Father.  He knows each one of us and intercedes for us continually, but sends various needs our way to fulfil the Word of God.

For sure when we get to Heaven we will have a lot of questions answered, but our joy of being there and seeing our family and friends safely there will probably make those questions evaporate into thin air. 

In the army, in wartime, the cardinal rule is to not leave a fallen man behind.  Whether he was dead, dying or injured, the heroes carried them to safety.  It's the same for us in God's army, we must not leave the fallen behind, we must bear those burdens and bring them to the Lord.  This is the love of Jesus fully shown and He will acknowledge it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father make me an instrument of peace and love to sow the world with seeds of righteousness and faith.  I am available to You Lord whenever I am needed. If there is someone in need let me help bear that burden to Your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.