Some time ago, I had a conversation with someone I cared for dearly. I voiced my frustrations at some of the choices this person has made, mostly because of the effect those choices have had on others around them, including myself. I’ve kept my lips secured for some time and eventually the flesh acted out for me as I vented the emotions that finally boiled over, instead of an overflow of what my spirit should have been saying.
Of course, conviction caught up to me as I realized this, but little too late after vocalizing my opinion. My loved one sat in silence for a moment, then gently spoke. The words reverberated through my ears and sent pains to my heart as their own conviction and understanding became apparent. As I listened to their voice tremble with emotion yet attempt to stay composed, I heard more than what I was expecting. I heard the voice of our Lord speak to me directly, “Carry each other’s burdens”. I decided to locate the scripture. The full verse reads: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2 (NKJV).
This was a reminder of how many times in our lives we are quick to shun another in an attempt to force them to see what we believe they do not – forgetting our own faults. I realized that my prayers to the Lord were selfish – had I prayed more about the effects of the situation on myself, more than for how the consequences are directly affecting my loved one? Yes, I did. I believe that’s why the Lord allowed me to vocalize my opinion – so that I could hear the flesh behind the words, so that my ears would be open to Him through conviction, so that I could clearly hear His voice in loving correction, and of course encouraging my spirit to grow – what a lesson to learn. (Thank You, Jesus.) ♥
As I continued to read, the Lord continued to reveal. Because so many of us may find ourselves in the very same position I had, I felt it would be worth it to share this revelation with you. Of course, God is complex and He can be saying many things in the same scriptures, depending on where the spirit is at the time He calls you to read it. I’ll quote the scriptures then explain what it means to me and hopefully this will help someone else as well.
Galatians 6:1 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.
2 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.
4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For each one shall bear his own load.
6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
For me, the scriptures firmly and loudly declared the following message: Rebuild one another when the other is down, in an understanding of the weaknesses of the flesh and in the necessity of the Spirit to help one another grow. In kindness and gentleness, keep in mind that we too struggle and fight the flesh daily in order to not be misled by things of the world. This is the call and responsibility that the Lord has given us: to care for and take care of one another. Love your neighbor as yourself. Have understanding and patience. All that we do for one another, we do for the Lord. Remember that we are not better than our brothers and sisters in Christ, as we all are tempted by sin in one way or another. Placing yourself above others is your own deception, as we are all created equal in the eyes of the Lord.
If we look only at what we do ourselves and for ourselves, we’ll be living in false joy (i.e. ego and pride) Look out not only for yourself but for each other, in a constant attempt to build the other in the Spirit. If not, you will stand alone because you’re moving in selfishness, which is not of the Spirit. As teachers and students we must share the things of the Spirit, everything the Lord reveals to us; share in the joy, the knowledge, and express the fruits of the spirit with one another.
We have to keep in mind that we’re not perfect, no one is and never will be – not even the brother or sister who sits next you in church. We all have our flaws. We’ve all made decisions at one time or another that were not in our best interests or the best interests of others. But when we know better than the other, we need to share the knowledge. We need to always do our best to see each other by the spirit and not judge one another by the flesh. Recognize the growth that we’re all reaching for each day. Rather than kick when someone is down, lend a hand and lift them up. Be patient and kind. Lead by example. Give room for each other’s faults and be the teacher that Jesus is for us.
God bless you.
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