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Posted by on July 26, 2018 in apathy

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 7)

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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:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I 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 seventh 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).

The third characteristic is that we are to test our own life (v. 4).

The fourth characteristic is —

D.  Take responsibility for one’s own challenges (v. 5).

We read in verse 5 that “each one should carry their own load.”   FirefoxScreenSnapz323We saw in verse 4 that “each one should test their own actions.”  Verse 5 seems to be parallel with verse 4, does it not?  While we are to bear one another’s burdens, this does not mean that we no longer need to bear our own.  And carrying our own load does not mean we can’t ask someone else to help us in the process.

Questions:

1.  What burdens are you carrying that you ought to share with another believer?

2.  What other biblical texts come to mind about carrying your own load?

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in caring

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 5)

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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:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I 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 fifth 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)

The second characteristic is —

B.  We are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3).

There we read:  “If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.”  We are to think of ourselves soberly, according to Romans 12: “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do FirefoxScreenSnapz319not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”  How does this challenge of self-deceit fit into this context of caring for others?  Is the implication that when we successfully bear another’s burdens (meaning, we are able by God’s grace to help them), we can become proud in ourselves and our accomplishments, perhaps giving ourselves too much credit?

Is the issue really not the one bearing the burden but rather the one who has been caught in sin?  In other words, is the problem here that the one caught in some sin has not yet recognized their need to be restored?

There is only one solution for one who is caught in self-deceit.  That person requires the intervention of someone else to help them see their self-deception.  This is one reason why we need to bearing one another’s burdens:  we’re not good by ourselves.  We need others to be involved in our lives!

Questions:

1.  Where have you seen self-deceit in your own life?  Never?  Nothing comes to mind?  Perhaps this is the point:  we need others to help us recognize our own self-deceit.

2.  In helping others, we often see our own weaknesses and short-comings.  What has the Lord shown you about your own life as you’ve sought to help others?

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in caring

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 4)

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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:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I 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 fourth part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

A.  Bearing each other’s burdens (v. 2)
How do we practically do that?  Here are some steps that might be helpful:
(1) Listen to each other’s story.  There is no substitute for spending time with each otherFinderScreenSnapz031!
(2) Show yourself trustworthy.  Prove that you are able to keep confidences.
(3) Don’t fear weeping with those who weep.

You may have heard the story about the pastor who was meeting with one of his parishioners.  As the man began to voice some of his complaints about the church, he looked up to see tears coming down FirefoxScreenSnapz305his pastor’s cheeks.  “Pastor, whatever is wrong?  Are you crying because I’m criticizing our church?”  “No, Bill,” said the pastor.  “I’m weeping over your sins.”

(4) Don’t think only professionals can provide encouragement, challenge, help in personal issues.  I think the counselor Larry Crabb is really on to something when he suggests in his book Connecting that most of us Christians are fully capable of helping other believers with their problems or issues, if we would only get involved and show that we care.FirefoxScreenSnapz306

Questions:

1.  How does prayer fit into “bearing one another’s burdens,” do you think?  Is it possible that we have greatly underestimated the power of prayer?

2.  Satan seems to be into noise, busyness, distraction (as the great theologian Beth Moore says).  What changes would you make if you saw TIME as one primary way to express your love and burden-bearing ministry to others?

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in time

 

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