The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.” We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:
I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I. The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV. The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)
We’ve looked at I. The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.” The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.” We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness. We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1). When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.
Let’s look today at the eighth part of our study:
IV. The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)
We’ve seen that we are to bear each other’s burdens (v. 2) and we are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3). We are also to test our own life (v. 4) and take responsibility for our own challenges (v. 5). We last saw that we are to care for those who care for us (v. 6).
The sixth characteristic is –
F. A Warning regarding the deceitfulness of sin (vv. 7-8)
This famous text — “One reaps what one sows” — reminds us that God is not fooled by outward appearances or proper behavior that does not come from the heart. We must not deceive ourselves into thinking that God can be fooled or mocked. He will bring perfect judgment upon all. Those who sow to please the flesh will reap destruction. Those who sow to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. How we sow truly matters. If we look at our lives as a garden which we are cultivating, it matters a great deal what we sow in that garden!
1. Put into your own words what it means to “sow to please the flesh”: __________________________
2. Does verse 8 seem to imply that we can earn eternal life by sowing to the Spirit? Why or why not?