Galatians 6:2–3 (NKJV): Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
The sharing and bearing of one another's burdens is the most visible manner of fulfilling the law of Christ. And what is this law? Jesus said "A new command I give you, that you should love one another, as I have loved you, that you should love one another. " This is the Royal Law, this is the defining mark of true followers of Christ. To do this faithfully requires a level of humility that serves without seeking to be noticed. It requires us to have an honest assessment of ourselves, of our gifts, our abilities, our opportunities and our motives long before we give any attention to our works of burden bearing. But all too often it works the other way round. We look at what we have done, what we have accomplished, all the ways that we have "served" never noting the fact that we really could have done much more than we have. We could have given more, could have served more, could have shared more. The issue, at its root, is this: who, or what, do you think of more, yourself? Or others? At the core, if self is the answer (and it usually is), then you have a problem. You think yourself to be something that you are not, you deceive yourself. You think yourself to be a giver, a humanitarian, a servant of mankind, an activst, selfless, caring, concerned... insert your adjective, your own ideals. But the truth is that you are not what you think, scripture says you are nothing, deceiving yourself. All of our pretensions fall apart when we look at ourselves through the eye of scripture. So what is the solution to this dilemma? Remembering that we seek to fulfill the Royal law of Christ, we must look unto Christ!! Let HIM be the focus of our lives, then to allow our vision of Him to be the lens through which we see the world. He must increase, I must decrease, and others are always more important than self. Beloved, this is harder than anything the world will ever ask you to give, to do, to be... but it is also the greatest calling that any of us will ever fulfill. To be Christ unto another is our grandest privilege as human beings. Go, fulfill the law of Christ!!
Galatians 6:2 (NKJV): Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Bearing burdens, it is something profoundly human. We all have burdens, we all face trials, we all carry sorrows, we all know pain. One of the reasons for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Galatians 6:1(NKJV): Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Behold! The great unmet need of our independent culture:...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 51:16-1716 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;You do not delight in burnt offering.17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise. How do we appease...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 51:15(NKJV): O Lord, open my lips,And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. The heart of the living is a heart of thanksgiving and praise... and what is more, this is the heart that pleases God. This praise filled heart is the second growth...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 51:10–11 (NKJV): Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me.11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. How does God turn sinners into sons? How does He make...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 50:16–19 (NKJV): But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, 17 Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you? 18 When you saw a thief, you consented with...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 16:4 (NKJV): Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,Nor take up their names on my lips. Our culture is very unconcerned with who someone chooses to worship. We are very...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isaiah 11:6–9 (NKJV): The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;And a little child shall lead them.7 The cow and the bear shall graze;Their...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Galatians 3:24 (NKJV): Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. What purpose does the Law of God serve if we are unable to keep it? If it is impossible (and it is) for anyone to obey the law so...[ abbreviated | read entire ]