· Those who are spiritually mature should try to help those in the church who are caught in sin.
· The goal is restoration, not to shame them
· When helping those in sin, we need to be careful not to fall to temptation ourselves
· It is the Christians duty to help each other with life’s struggles because in doing so we fulfill Christ’s command to love one another.
· Each of us should be careful not to deceive ourselves and consider ourselves better than we are
· What we do should only be measured by what God asks of us. We should never compare ourselves to others
· For each of us should do exactly what the Lord has called us to do
· If a Christian receives spiritual food from God’s word, he should share his goods with the one who teaches him.
· God sees everything and is not fooled. We will have to reap the results of what we sow
· If you invest in self, destruction of self is the result
· However, if you invest in what the Spirit asks of you, the result is eternal life
· So don’t get tired of doing what is right, for in time God will give you the reward he has promised
· Work hard to do as much good to people as you can, especially if they also follow Jesus
· He warns that the false teachers are teaching circumcision only so they won’t be persecuted for following Christ and his freedoms
· Not even the Jews can keep the law, yet they boast about keeping one part of it
· Paul doesn’t want to boast in anything but the cross which Jesus died on
· What really counts is that we are made new through Jesus’ sacrifice
· Peace and mercy are available to all who live this new life including the Jews
· Sin is serious, but the issue isn’t shame, but relationship with God
· Because of this my goal is to do all I can to help people find freedom from sin and not to bind them up with either law or shame
· As I grow in love it will show in how I serve my brothers and sisters in Christ and stand with them when they need help
· I need to be clear on what God is asking of me and keep my eyes on that and not compare myself to others
· My first and most important concern is what is God’s Spirit is asking of me.
· My goal is to say no to self, and yes to the Spirit
· I need to keep my eyes on Jesus
Thank you for being a good father who isn’t looking to shame his children but help us truly live. Open my eyes to those caught in the downward spiral of sin around me, and show me how I might gently restore them to sanity. Make me someone who leads people into a life giving relationship with you. May my energy to support and help my brothers and sisters in Christ grow and pour out in sacrificial acts of kindness. Help me clearly hear your Spirit in me and strive more and more to follow that voice. I want to say yes to you, and no to self. Use my life for your glory. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Posted on Wed, May 13, 2015
by joel king