3/15/2012

As Christians, we roll merrily along in life--taking care of our regular responsibilities, praying, reading and studying our Bibles, and seeking to love and serve God. Perhaps we get complacent in the everyday affairs of life. Then WHAM!, something awful happens--maybe because of our own sin, because of our human flaws, or even like Job, for no apparent reason at all.

Sometimes we need to encourage and help others who are going through these unexpected problems and burdens.  I think of Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Since I am in the praying, encouraging and listening spot for several friends right now, I decided to research this verse.

I came across this commentary on Galatians 6 and found it thought-provoking and helpful.  It is long, but it is a good Bible study when you have a little time.
http://christianbookshelf.org/maclaren/expositions_of_holy_scripture_b/burden-bearing.htm

It is good to examine ourselves and make things right--forgiving and loving in the body of Christ.  It is best to recognize that Satan wants to divide Christians and destroy the joy of our salvation.


Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


May God help us to see the truth, to recognize that we are free in Christ, and in our struggles to love Him more.  He endured the cross, despising the shame, for the joy set before him. (Hebrews 12:2) We are called to follow him, enduring our cross--He is our leader, our example, our Lord and Shepherd.