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We are going to look at this important subject to the body of Christ.
Let me say that Jesus has borne every burden we ever had, the most important one being of sin. He dealt with this in his death and Resurrection. So we have the privilege of bearing our brethren's burdens and helping them to carry them.
The Call to Bear/share
2Bear (endure, carry) one another's burdens and [a]troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete [b]what is lacking [in your obedience to it].
The apostle Paul puts it plainly here, the command is quite simple. In doing this we are acting in obedience, we are doing what God wants us to do and that will surely please our Father, and after all, isn't that our aim.
41 For I tell you truly, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to and bear the name of Christ will by no means fail to get his reward.
Have you ever thought your little act of kindness has gone unrewarded. No act, however small goes unrewarded by God, he sees everything, and will reward you and that's all you require
1 TAKE CARE not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [[a]reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.
2 Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be [b]recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [c]in full already.
3 But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.
God is interested in How you do things, your true heart motive. What motivates you to help people, is it to be recognised or win people's applause?
The Penalty of Not sharing/ Bearing Acts 5:1-11
Please read this for yourself, this is not just what happened in the early church. We have the Same God now, he doesn't change, neither do his standards change.
Examples of Sharing
The Early Church Acts 2:44-45
Barnabas Acts 4:32-37
A church meeting a need and being rewarded for it Philippians 4:13-19
It was the practise of the early church and it should be ours
Shows our commitment to each other Romans 15:1-2
Shows our obedience to his direct command Romans 12:13
We are sowing seed 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 and Galatians 6:7-9
God has promised us blessing if we share Malachi 3
Shows our faith in action James 2:13-17
Allows God to reward us, by giving back to us 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Shows our thankfulness to God 2 Corinthians 9:12
Allows God's servants to operate and the gospel to go forth 2 Corinthians 9:12
Glorifies God 1 Peter 2:12
The world is put to silence 1 Peter 2:15
A final question
Do you think you share with your brothers and sisters?
Do you think you bear their burdens?
In the wonderful book of 1 John in chapter 3, we have these words, with which we shall finish
16 By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [[l]in Him].
17 But if anyone has this world's goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and [m]fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?
18L little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practise and in sincerity).
19 By this we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence,
LET ME ASK YOU THESE QUESTIONS
Would you lay down your life for any of your brothers or sisters in Christ?
Have you had another believer come to you with a need and you have had the resources to help and you said ' I will pray for you'. That is sin and displeases God
Do all your actions show God's love?
Is your heart at peace because you know you have acted in love towards people?
Have you closed your heart and turned a blind eye to your brother in need, if you have how can God's love and remember God is love, live inside you?
This is the very essence of being a believer, remember what James said about pure religion.. it is not not worship or prayer... but
27External [a]religious worship [[b]religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.
How many orphans and widows have you helped?
Searching questions.. what is your answer?
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