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LOVE DOES WONDERS ..........Lift your Neighbour's Burden and be Promoted!

This is part of practical Christianity.

A believer is admitted into his new family at his new birth. He sees the kingdom of God and practically enters it through his new family unit - the body of Christ.

As love is important and key to peace at home , so it is in the body of Christ and I say categorically that believers are the same everywhere on earth and whenever you meet a committed brother or sister, your heart leaps for joy...for you know he/she is your brother indeed.

So, the exhortation in Galatians 6:1-2 is Apostle Paul was trying to bring to the memory of the Galatians Christians the Law of Christ, the head of the church.

"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. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ -  Galatians 6:1-2

For if anyone thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 

We all tempted by diverse situation surrounding us and it is by His grace that those who are standing are standing, so a holy than thou attitude to the story of a fallen sister or brother is very unfortunate.  We should rather grief and pray without season to restore such a brethren, as the pain of one is the pain of all in the kingdom.

So, we are expected to have the mind of Christ, which does not judge, but teach and instruct the people with love and compassion...and that treat all cases of human weakness with understanding and kindness with a view to restoring the person. 

I suppose the Law of Christ is ...Love one another

He says in John 13:34-35 - A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

It is clear that if you don't love the brethren, something huge is missing in your life.  By this shall people know that you are my disciples.  So, know it today that your duty of love for your brethren in your local church is not an advice, it is a command of Christ.

Nobody can keep this law of Christ without the seed of love inside of him. Not only love, but also humility.  The love of the body of Chris is very important because that's actually our new family when we were redeemed from the world.

In Galatians 5,  Paul talks about the fruit of the Spirit. There are nine of them: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  And these nine components that make up the fruit of the spirit, works together as a whole to make the man manifest love and walk in the spirit. 

For the seed of love to be planted in our heart, we should continually ask God in prayer to sow His seed of love for people in general and the brethren in particular into our heart till it begins to overflow.

It is the love in the kingdom, and our new family that has given rise to the  spiritual fathers and mothers, children that we love and respect just like our biological parents and relatives.

When we work in the kingdom with love for the brethren in our heart, the Lord is happy and certainly great things will be happening in such a local church.  Signs and wonder will flow in such a church like water and the glory will return to Jesus.

Also, when we realize that love for the brethren is a command, I believe many will prepare their heart to love and as practice makes perfect, there will be improvement in both horizontal and vertical aspects of the love in due course. 

When our heart is full of love and we have acquainted ourselves with the word of faith, it becomes easy to bear one another's burden.  We will be willing to share the little we have with others..... And when the life of others matter to us and move us to share the little we have, we place our lives on the paths to divine promotion and spiritual growth.  

By going out of our way to help a brother or sister in need, and thereby lifting such burden off their shoulders, we are fulfilling the law of Christ.

Restoring in Love:

In the area of restoring a backsliden brother/Sister with gentleness, it becomes easy for us to do, when we remember that we were formerly in their shoes. We did not know the truth by then and so we were not better than them.  

There is the tendency to think and see yourself as holy, without remembering you were not holy from your mother's womb.  It was the mercy of God and other peoples pray that helped you to change.

There are many who have not heard or seen a genuine believer all their life, so they believe church going is a mere formal.  They live the life they were born into, and have grown up to know nothing else.

When there is a case of human weakness, God expect believers to have the mind of Christ - which among other things do not judge people. Christ is lowly in heart and teaching and preaching the word of God and then healing all manner of diseases.  Do not judge, do not condemn.  

You do not know the influence under which that person fell.  When a stronger power fall on someone, and such a person has no spiritual fire and resistance, he becomes a slave to the higher power,  So, we should proceed with kindness and understanding, the love of Christ. 

We can also lift one another's burden if we keep them company quietly during their moments of grief, for example a bereaved brother/sister or a grieving widow, for example, doesn’t need to hear our own tale of loss; she needs an arm around her shoulder so she realizes that she is not alone.

Think about the times that we bring our burdens before the Lord in prayer. Simply experiencing His presence lightens the weight we have been carrying. God’s response to our pain is a clear demonstration of how important it is to make ourselves available and listen to our neighbors. 

No matter how inadequate we might feel, we all can share a burden by spending time with a friend who is enduring hardship.

Reasons why Brotherly Love in Vital:

One of the reasons why love for the brethren is important is that it will make for love and peace in the body of Christ.

Another reason is that we no more under the law ...and nobody will be justified by his works of the law and many people judge others based on the works of the Law.  I have been fasting for 1 year, so I am a better believer - Remember the Pharisee that entered the Temple with another man ,  rather than plead for forgiveness of his sins, he started pointing accusing finger on the other man as a sinner and him a righteous man because he fasts every week.

But the other man went home justified because No man will be justified by his work of the Law, but by faith in Christ Jesus.

There is a danger of those who are spiritual and trying to judge the sins of other people very harshly. There is an element of hardness in many a good person, but love does not judge, rather love entreats

Love is concerned about other people. 

Kindness, gentleness, patience, and goodness are all shown in the way we respond to someone who has fallen.

Love accommodates and forgives offenses without being proud about it. Let us practise love in the household of faith by caring for one another.  This was the attribute that set the first church apart till today.

As written in the book of Acts, those who had enough shared what they had with the brethren in need in the church and the word of God grew and signs and wonders was the order of the day.

There was no selfishness.  This is what our Master Jesus expect from all of us and the church.

FIRE:  Brethren, its important we realize that Jesus Christ is coming soon. Please let nothing stop you from repenting and living right.

The Lord Bless you.

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