THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 7-13-14

LESSON TITLE: “BEARING ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS.”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

WHAT A WONDERFUL LORD’S DAY IT IS, AS WE AGAIN GATHER TOGETHER BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD TO WORSHIP OUR MAKER! WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO THE LORD. IN FACT, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH YOU EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, AS WE CONSIDER TOGETHER, GOD’S LIVING WORD.

IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER TODAY THAT WE ARE ALL UPLIFTED IN OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER. FURTHERMORE, I PRAY THAT WE WILL GLORIFY AND PRAISE OUR CREATOR IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH WE PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIVELY AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD ON THIS DAY, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU'LL HELP US TO ALWAYS LOOK TO THE BIBLE TO FIND OUT THE DIRECTION THAT YOU WOULD HAVE IS TO GO; TO OBEY THOSE THINGS THAT YOU ASK OF US IN THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING UNTO ETERNAL LIFE AND SOMEDAY RECEIVE THAT GREAT MANSION THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THE FAITHFUL. WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE FOR US. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IN EPHESIANS 2:8, PAUL SAID, “FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH, AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD.” ISN’T IT WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED BY THE VERY GRACE OF GOD. AREN’T WE BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD! TODAY, WE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE WITH A HYMN THAT REMINDS US OF OUR PART IN THE EQUATION. AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD WE NEED TO STAY BUSY EVERY DAY GETTING READY FOR HIS COMING. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

THERE ARE MANY IN THIS WORLD WHO ARE WILLING TO TAKE STRONG STANDS FOR THINGS THEY BELIEVE IN. IN FACT, MANY GO TO DRASTIC EXTREMES TO MAKE A POINT, OR TO SHOW THEY ARE WILLING TO STAND UP FOR THOSE CAUSES THEY SUPPORT. YOU CAN TURN ON THE NEWS ABOUT ANY DAY AND SEE THOSE WHO MARCH BOLDLY ON THE PICKET LINE, OR OTHERS WHO ARE BEING CARRIED AWAY BY THE? AGAIN, CONSIDER HOW FAR THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE WILLING TO GO TO SUPPORT THEIR AGENDA.

NOW, MY QUESTION IS, WHERE ARE WE IN OUR SUPPORT OF CHRIST? HOW FAR ARE WE WILLING TO GO AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD TO SHOW THIS WORLD THAT WE SUPPORT HIM AND THAT HIS WILL COMES FIRST. DON’T GET ME WRONG, I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT WE BREAK THE LAW OR DO THINGS WHICH SET A BAD EXAMPLE FOR CHRIST. HOWEVER, THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN DO WITHIN OUR RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY TO SHOW WHERE WE STAND IN CONNECTION TO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD AND THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE AGAINST HIS WORD!

ONE VERSE THAT ALWAYS STANDS OUT IN MY MIND IN RELATIONSHIP TO THIS POINT IS FOUND IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58. THERE WE READ, “THEREFORE, MY BELOVED BRETHREN, BE STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD, KNOWING THAT YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD.” IN THIS TEXT WE READ THAT THE FOLLOWER OF GOD IS SUPPOSE TO BE VISIBLY OBEYING THOSE THINGS OF THE FATHER! THEREFORE, PAUL ENCOURAGES US TO BE STEADFAST, NOT COWARDS OR WISHY-WASHY - BUT READY TO BE COUNTED AND CONSIDERED AN ASSET TO THE CAUSE! HE SAYS WE MUST BE IMMOVABLE, NOT BLOWING WITH EVERY WIND THAT COMES, BUT BEING CONSISTENT AND STRONG IN OUR BELIEF ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL.

FINALLY, THIS TEXT SAYS WE ARE TO BE, “ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD!” ARE WE WORKERS FOR OUR GOD? ARE WE SERVING OUR CREATOR BY DOING ALL WE CAN TO SHOW WE ARE WILLING TO DO THAT WHICH HE REQUIRES?

BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, LET ME REMIND YOU - ALL THIS WILL SURELY BE WORTH IT. OUR LABOR WILL NOT BE IN VAIN, BUT WE WILL BE REWARDED AND RECEIVE THAT WHICH GOD HAS PROMISED TO HIS OWN, WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO THE END. THE QUESTION FOR US THIS MORNING MAY BE, “JUST HOW FAR ARE WE WILLING TO GO TO SERVE OUR GOD?” “WHAT SACRIFICES ARE WE WILLING TO MAKE?” OR, “WHAT TYPE OF SUFFERING ARE WE WILLING TO ENDURE FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST?” “WILL YOU CHOOSE TO BE ‘STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD.’”

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD!” OUR NEXT LESSON WILL DEAL WITH, “BEARING ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS!” AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER THIS MORNING, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US FOR THIS TIME OF STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. BROTHER BRENT IS A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI AND HE IS ALSO THE MINISTER FOR THE HWY 13 CHURCH OF CHRIST IN BOLIVAR. WE THANK HIM FOR AGAIN BEING WITH US THIS DAY. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “PURER IN HEART O GOD.”

LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN

AS WE OPEN UP OUR BIBLES AND WE STUDY ONCE AGAIN FROM GOD'S WORD, WE FIND IN 1 JOHN 4:7 THE WORDS THAT READ THE FOLLOWING, IT SAYS, “BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER, FOR LOVE IS OF GOD; AND EVERY ONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD, AND KNOWS GOD.” WHAT A GREAT THOUGHT THAT IS AND WHAT A GREAT REMINDER IT IS TO US IN OUR LIVES TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT, AS BRETHREN, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. AND JOHN GOES ON AND GIVES THE REASONS THERE WHY BECAUSE INDEED, LOVE ITSELF IS OF GOD. HOW WOULD WE EVEN KNOW LOVE IF IT WASN'T FOR GOD.

HE GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT HOW, INDEED IF WE DO LOVE GOD, WE KNOW HIM AND WE ARE THOSE WHO ARE BORN OF GOD. WELL, INDEED IF YOU ARE TRULY ONE WHO LOVES GOD, THEN YOU HAVE KEPT HIS COMMANDMENTS. JOHN 14:15, JESUS SAID, “IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.” SO THOSE WHO OBEYED GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION BECOME, AS A VERSE WOULD INDICATE, CHILDREN OF GOD. WHY? BECAUSE THEY LOVE GOD ENOUGH TO FOLLOW HIS COMMANDMENTS. WELL, WE KNOW LOVE BECAUSE IT'S OF GOD, AND AS JOHN WRITES HERE TO CHILDREN OF GOD, THOSE WHO ARE OF GOD'S FAMILY WERE REMINDED OF THE FACT THAT IN LIGHT OF THOSE FACTS WHAT SHOULD WE DO? WHAT SHOULD OUR RESPONSE BE ONE TO ANOTHER? WELL, AS HE STATED THERE IN 1JOHN VERSE 47, HE SAID, “LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” HOW GREAT IT IS TO BE A PART OF GOD'S FAMILY. HOW GREAT IT IS ALSO TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER AS GOD HERE HAS COMMANDED US.

AND INDEED, AS YOU THINK ABOUT THAT LOVE, WE'VE GOT TO REMEMBER THE FACT THAT LOVE IS SOMETHING THAT IS DEMONSTRATED. EVEN IN THIS SAME CONTEXT HERE IN 1 JOHN CHAPTER 4, AS WE READ THERE IN VERSE 7. IF YOU GO ON WITH VERSE 8 IT SAYS, “HE WHO DOES NOT LOVE DOES NOT KNOW GOD, FOR GOD IS LOVE.” AND HE CONTINUES THERE IN VERSE 9 AND SAYS, “IN THIS THE LOVE OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED TOWARD US, THAT GOD HAS SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.” HOW IS IT THAT WE OURSELVES BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT TRUE LOVE IS? WELL, GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE TOWARD US. IT SAYS THE LOVE OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED AND MADE KNOWN. HOW WAS GOD'S LOVE MADE KNOWN TO US? GOD SENT HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, INTO THIS WORLD TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THE HOPE OF ETERNAL SALVATION. GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE TOWARD US. THE SAME THING WAS REMINDED TO US IN ROMANS CHAPTER 5:8 AS WELL. GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE TOWARD US. EVEN WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST CAME AND DIED FOR US. SO LOVE JUST ISN'T SOMETHING THAT WE SAY, JUST ISN'T SOMETHING THAT WE THINK, LOVE IS SEEN IN ACTION. GOD LOVED US AND AS WE GO AGAIN TO THE SENTIMENTS EXPRESSED THERE IN FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 4 VERSE SEVEN, WHAT ARE WE TO DO? BECAUSE LOVE IS OF GOD AND EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD AND KNOWS GOD, WHAT ARE WE TO DO? WELL INDEED, ONCE AGAIN WE ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. NOW, HOW DO WE SHOW THAT LOVE? HOW DO WE DEMONSTRATE THAT LOVE? LOVE IS DEMONSTRATED OR SEEN IN MANY WAYS. BUT WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT ONE HERE DURING THIS TIME. LOOK AT GALATIANS CHAPTER 6:2 WITH ME. HOW IS IT THAT WE SHOW LOVE TOWARDS EACH OTHER? HOW IS THAT WE SHOW LOVE FOR OUR BRETHREN, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST? HOW IS IT THAT WE FULFILL A COMMAND THAT GOD GAVE US BECAUSE HE LOVED US. WHAT ARE WE TO DO? TO LOVE EACH OTHER.

ONE WAY THAT WE DO THAT IS FOUND HERE IN GALATIANS 6:2. THERE THE BIBLE READS, “BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS, AND SO FULFILL THE LAW OF CHRIST.” THE LAW THAT GOD GAVE US, THE LAW IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WOULD REQUIRE US AS BRETHREN TO, IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, DO WHAT? BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS. AND HOW EASY THAT SOUNDS IN SOME WAYS ON THE SURFACE. OKAY, SURE ENOUGH I CAN BEAR ONE OF HIS BURDENS. NO BIG DEAL. WELL, IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT, THAT DOES REQUIRE GREAT LOVE. IF WE'RE GOING TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS IT DOES INDEED REQUIRE US TO LOVE, JUST AS WE READ ABOUT THERE IN 1 JOHN CHAPTER 4. TO LOVE EACH OTHER ENOUGH AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST. TO HAVE THAT KINDRED SPIRIT AS A FAMILY THAT WOULD TAKE US INTO THE REALM OF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM? YOU HAVE A NEED? YOU HAVE SOMETHING I CAN HELP YOU WITH? I AM THERE FOR YOU.

THERE IS SOMETHING EVEN GREATER THAN THAT. THAT WHEN WE EVEN HAVE SPIRITUAL DIFFICULTIES. WHEN WE HAVE TRIALS, THAT WE CAN BE THERE TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS AS BRETHREN BECAUSE WE HAVE THAT LOVE AS FAMILY. EVEN IN OUR PHYSICAL FAMILIES, WE HAVE THAT LOVE. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT PROPER LOVE AS BRETHREN, DOESN'T IT START AS WE EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT FAMILY UNIT? CHILDREN SHOULD LOVE THEIR PARENTS. ESPECIALLY YOUNG CHILDREN HAVE THAT UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. WELL, THEY COME UP AND GIVE THOSE HUGS AND KISSES BECAUSE THEY LOVE THEIR PARENTS AND ALSO PARENTS LIKEWISE LOVE THEIR CHILDREN. PARENTS WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE THEIR OWN LIVES, WHO WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR THE WELFARE OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN? WHO PROVIDE FOR THEM, WHO TEACH THEM, WHO TRAIN THEM, TO BRING THEM UP IN THE ADMONITION OF THE LORD. PARENTS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN. EVEN THOSE EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS AND UNCLES, NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND COUSINS, ALL THOSE WHO MAKE UP OUR PHYSICAL FAMILIES. IF WE'RE TRULY A PHYSICAL FAMILY AS WE SHOULD BE, WHAT IS THE ONE QUALITY THAT BINDS US? WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT WOULD HELP US TO CONTINUE TO BE THAT STRONG FAMILY UNIT PHYSICALLY? ISN'T THAT LOVE? ISN'T THAT LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER? THAT LOVE THAT BINDS US.

WELL, THAT LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR PHYSICAL FAMILIES, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT IF WERE GOING TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS WE SHOULD AS BRETHREN, WHAT ARE WE A PART OF? WELL, AS BRETHREN AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF CHRIST, WE ARE PART OF A SPIRITUAL FAMILY. THE FAMILY OF GOD. THE VERY FAMILY THAT WE WE'RE BORN INTO WHEN WE BECAME CHILDREN OF GOD, WHEN WE OBEYED THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. WELL, AS THAT SPIRITUAL FAMILY, AS A FAMILY THAT IS TO BE TOGETHER TO BE UNIFIED, WHAT IS IT AGAIN THAT SHOULD BIND US? IT SHOULD BE THAT LOVE. WELL, IF WE'RE GOING TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS THEN WHAT SHOULD BE THE MOTIVATING FACTOR FOR US TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT? SHOULDN'T IT BE LOVE? THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR GOD, THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR HIS KINGDOM, THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR THE FAMILY OF GOD - HIS CHURCH. IN ORDER TO BEAR ONE OF THOSE BURDENS, WE HAVE TO BE THOSE WHO INDEED LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

YOU TAKE YOUR BIBLES AND YOU CAN TURN WITH ME AND YOU CAN SEE THIS ALSO CLEARLY PRESENTED IN THE SCRIPTURE. AGAIN, WE TURN TO THE EPISTLE OF FIRST JOHN. BUT AS WE START THERE IN CHAPTER 4, AS GOD COMMANDED US TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER, GO BACK TO CHAPTER THREE WITH ME. I'M BEGINNING THERE IN VERSE 10. WE ARE REMINDED THAT AS CHILDREN OF GOD THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE A LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. THERE IN FIRST JOHN 3:10 IT TALKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE CAN DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND THE CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL. THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE THOSE WHO LOVE BUT WE'VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE EVEN SOME LIKE CANE - REMEMBER CANE ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS? WHAT DID HE DO TO HIS OWN BROTHER? WELL, HE KILLED HIS BROTHER. HE DIDN'T LOVE HIM. HE HATED HIM. WELL, MAKE SURE WE DON'T HAVE THAT HATRED BETWEEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST BUT THAT WE HAVE LOVE. BUT I DRAW YOUR ATTENTION THERE TO VERSE 14 OF FIRST JOHN 3. IT SAYS WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE. WHY? BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN. HE WHO DOES NOT LOVE HIS BROTHER ABIDES IN DEATH. WELL, WE CAN'T FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CANE WHO MURDERED HIS PHYSICAL BROTHER. RATHER, WE HAVE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS WE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT FROM GOD'S WORD. AND WE LOVE BECAUSE WHY? BECAUSE WE ARE BRETHREN. BECAUSE WE'VE LEFT THE WAY OF THE WORLD. BECAUSE WE'VE LEFT THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DEATH AND WE'VE FOLLOWED THE WAY THAT LEADS TO LIFE. THAT IS GOD'S PLAN, JESUS' WAY, AND WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. IT IS THAT LOVE THAT WE ARE TO HAVE FOR THE BRETHREN THAT SHOULD BE THAT WHICH BINDS US. WHICH SHOULD BE THAT WHICH MOTIVATES US TO DEMONSTRATE OUR LOVE.

AND HOW AGAIN ARE WE GOING TO DEMONSTRATE IT? ACCORDING TO GALATIANS 6:2, WE DEMONSTRATE IT BY BEARING ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IF WE TRULY ARE THAT FAMILY OF GOD, IF WE TRULY HAVE THAT LOVE THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE AS SPIRITUAL FAMILIES, THEN HOW DO WE BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS? WELL, GO AGAIN TO GALATIANS CHAPTER 6:2, AND AS WE THINK ABOUT THE PASSAGE THERE, WE'RE REMINDED OF THE FACT THAT BEARING ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS ISN'T JUST A SMALL DEAL. IT ISN'T SOMETHING YOU JUST DO IN PASSING AND NO BIG DEAL - YOU'VE FULFILLED THAT COMMANDMENT. BEARING ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS IS A BIG DEAL. IT'S SOMETHING THAT TAKES OUR TIME, IT'S SOMETHING THAT TAKES OUR MENTAL CAPACITIES, IT'S SOMETHING THAT TAKES GREAT EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE INDEED, SHOW OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER AS A FAMILY OF GOD BY BEARING ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS. THERE IN THAT VERSE, AS YOU CONSIDER THE IDEA OF BEARING ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS, THINK ABOUT FIRST THE GREAT BURDEN THAT JESUS CHRIST BORE FOR US.

AS YOU FIND THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, HEBREWS 9:28, THAT JESUS BORE THE SINS OF MANY. WHAT BURDEN DID JESUS BEAR FOR US AS CHRISTIANS? WHAT BURDEN DID HE BEAR FOR US AS THE FAMILY OF GOD SO THAT WE COULD EVEN BE CALLED BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST? WELL, IT IS THE FACT THAT HE TOOK OUR SINS TO THE CROSS. THE FACT THAT HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS AND HIS BLOOD WAS SHED AND THAT HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT WE MIGHT OURSELVES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SPIRITUAL LIFE. WELL, THINK ABOUT THAT GREAT BURDEN THAT JESUS BORE THERE. HE BORE THE HEAVIEST OF BURDENS FOR US.

NOW WITH THAT IN MIND, AS JESUS BORE OUR BURDENS AND TOOK OUR SINS TO THE CROSS, WHAT SHOULD WE DO FOR EACH OTHER? WELL AGAIN, GALATIANS CHAPTER 6:2, “BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS AND SO FULFILL THE LAW OF CHRIST. “BUT IN THE CONTEXT, IF YOU GO BACK TO VERSE 1 OF THAT VERY CHAPTER, READ WITH ME THERE WHAT PAUL SAYS. HE SAYS, “BRETHREN, IF ANY MAN IS OVERTAKEN ANY TRESPASS, YOU WHO ARE SPIRITUAL RESTORE SUCH A ONE IN A SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS, CONSIDERING YOURSELF LEST YOU ALSO BE TEMPTED.” PAUL IS WRITING TO THE BRETHREN, HE IS WRITING TO THOSE WHO ARE PART OF THIS FAMILY OF GOD. AND IT REMINDS US THE FACT THAT, AS CHRISTIANS AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST, SOMETIMES WHAT HAPPENS? WE ARE OVERTAKEN IN TRESPASSES, AS IT JUST SAID THERE IN GALATIANS 6:1. WE ARE REMINDED ALSO OF THAT FACT IN ROMANS CHAPTER 3:23, “FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.” BECAUSE WE DO GIVE IN TO TEMPTATIONS FROM TIME TO TIME, BECAUSE WE DO FALL TO THOSE TEMPTATIONS SATAN PUTS BEFORE US; THE LUST OF FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYE, THE PRIDE OF LIFE. BECAUSE WE GO BACK TO THAT OLD MAN SOMETIMES, WHAT HAPPENS? WE'RE OVERTAKEN IN THESE TRESPASSES.

AND WHAT DO WE NEED AS A PART OF THE FAMILY? WHAT DO WE NEED AS A PART OF THIS SPIRITUAL FAMILY UNIT? A PART OF THIS FAMILY OF GOD? WHAT DO WE NEED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST TO DO FOR US WHEN WE DO FALL INTO SIN? WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? I KNEW THAT BROTHER WAS GOING TO GO BACK TO SIN. YOU KNOW WHAT? I KNEW THAT SISTER WAS GOING TO GO BACK TO THAT WAY OF SIN AGAIN. WELL, SURE ENOUGH. I'M DONE WITH THEM. NOW I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM. I DON'T WANT TO TALK WITH THEM. I DON'T WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD TO DO WITH THEM. I DON'T EVEN WANT TO SIT NEXT TO THEM. SHOULD THAT BE OUR ATTITUDE? SHOULD THAT BE OUR RESPONSE? WELL, AS WE JUST READ THERE IN GALATIANS 6:1, IF SOMEBODY - ONE OF OUR FAMILY MEMBERS - IS OVERTAKEN BY SIN, WHAT SHOULD WE SEEK TO DO? RESTORE THEM. THAT IS, WE GO TO THEM WITH THE WORD OF GOD. WE GO TO THEM WITH THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS BECAUSE WE ARE MOTIVATED BY THE LOVE THAT GOD SHOWS TOWARDS US. WE'RE MOTIVATED BY THAT LOVE TO THEN REACH OUT TO THEM AND SAY LOOK, THIS IS WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS. YOU'RE NOT LIVING RIGHTEOUSLY ANY LONGER. YOU'VE GONE BACK TO SIN. I WANT YOU, AND GOD WANTS YOU, TO COME BACK TO THE FAMILY OF GOD. TO COME BACK TO THE PATHWAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. AND SO THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE HAVE IN MIND THERE AS WE READ GALATIANS 6:2, “BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS.” FROM TIME TO TIME ALL OF US WILL AGAIN SUCCUMB TO SIN.

ALL OF US, AS CHRISTIANS AND AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT ARE PART OF THIS FAMILY, WILL GO BACK TO THAT WHICH WE SHOULD NOT BE A PART OF. AND WHAT SHOULD WE DO AS A FAMILY UNIT BECAUSE WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER? BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS. HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND DEALING WITH SIN AND TRYING TO OVERCOME IT. NOW THE VERSE DOESN'T MEAN WE ENGAGE IN SIN WITH THEM, BUT WE HELP THEM TO OVERCOME AND WORK THROUGH THAT SIN TO GET BACK TO THAT PATHWAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. THAT'S WHAT GOD'S WORD HAS CALLED US TO DO SPECIFICALLY. IF WE'RE GOING TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS, EVERYONE WHO LOVES GOD AND EVERYONE WHO LOVES THE WORD OF GOD AS CHRISTIANS WILL STRIVE TO DO WHAT? HELP OTHERS BEAR THE BURDEN OF SIN. HELP THEM TO OVERCOME THAT. AND SO WHEN WE SEE A BROTHER OR SISTER IN CHRIST STRUGGLING WITH SIN, SHOULD WE TURN OUR BACK TO THEM? SHOULD WE OVERLOOK THEM? SHOULD WE SAY WELL, THAT'S YOUR PROBLEM? WELL, INDEED THAT INDIVIDUAL HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO COME TO GOD, TO HIMSELF OR HERSELF REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM THAT SIN. BUT WE ALSO, AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS, HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THEM IN THE PROCESS. TO HELP THEM SEE THEIR SIN. TO HELP THEM GET THEIR LIVES RIGHT WITH GOD ONCE AGAIN. BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS. THAT'S HOW WE SHOW OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. AND SO SPECIFICALLY THERE THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE IN MIND.

BUT ALSO IN GENERAL THERE'S AN APPLICATION I BELIEVE WE CAN EXTEND FROM THIS PASSAGE. THAT, AS WE BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS AND AS WE HELP EACH OTHER OVERCOME SIN, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS THAT WE ALSO CAN BEAR THAT BURDEN. SO MANY TIMES IN THIS LIFE AS CHRISTIANS WE FIND OURSELVES STRUGGLING. WE FIND OURSELVES SUFFERING IN SOME WAY. WE FIND OURSELVES NOT ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THE THINGS THAT WE CAN IN THIS WORLD. DO YOU KNOW WHAT GREAT PRIVILEGE WE HAVE? TO BE A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. A PART OF A FAMILY THAT HAS THAT LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. YOU KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS IS TO HELP EACH OTHER OUT. WE CAN BEAR BURDENS BY HELPING EACH OTHER OUT BY PRAYING FOR ONE ANOTHER. WHEN WE HAVE THOSE NEEDS, WHEN THERE IS SICKNESS THAT ARISES, WE CAN PRAY THAT GOD INDEED WILL RESTORE THOSE WHO ARE SICK. WE CAN HELP ALSO BY ENCOURAGING. HOW MANY TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE FELT DOWN AND YOU HAVE FELT THERE'S NO WAY I CAN OVERCOME THIS BURDEN WHEN YOU'VE HAD SOMEBODY SEND YOU A CARD? YOU'VE HAD SOMEBODY CALL YOU ON THE PHONE HELPING YOU TO BEAR THE BURDEN THAT YOU'RE FACING. WHAT ABOUT TAKING CARE OF THOSE WHO ARE SICK? WHAT ABOUT HELPING OUT WITH YARD WORK OR THOSE THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE WHERE SOMEBODY IS DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE? OR WHEN SOMEBODY IS IN THE HOSPITAL? INDEED, THERE ARE MANY WAYS WE CAN HELP TO BEAR THOSE BURDENS.

BUT YOU SEE, AS WE BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS - AS WE HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH THE DIFFICULT TIMES OF THIS LIFE - WHAT ARE WE REALLY DOING? WE ARE REALLY BEING A NEIGHBOR TO THOSE AROUND US. JESUS REMINDED US THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 22:39 THAT WE ARE TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES. WELL INDEED, NOT ONLY THE NEIGHBORS THAT SURROUND US ON OUR STREET, BUT OUR OWN BRETHREN. TO BE NEIGHBORLY AND TO BE THOSE WHO LOVE. WHAT ABOUT THE GOOD SAMARITAN ALSO THERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 10? WHICH ONE TRULY DEMONSTRATED LOVE? THE ONE WHO HELPS TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF A MAN WHO HAD FALLEN AMONG THE THIEVES. HOW DO WE BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS? WE HELP EACH OTHER OVERCOME SIN. WE HELP EACH OTHER IN THE DIFFICULT TIMES OF OUR LIVES. WE HELP EACH OTHER WHY? BECAUSE WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. BECAUSE WE ARE THAT GREAT FAMILY OF GOD. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS GOD HAS COMMANDED. AND EVERYDAY, AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST, LOVE ONE ANOTHER BY BEARING ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS.

CLOSING COMMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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