Monday, November 7, 2011
"LIVING TOGETHER IN CHRIST"
Good Evening to All!
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. In anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. Galatians 6:2-5 NIV
I really like the way the Amplified version states this verse.. It says: (2) Bear (endure, carry) one another's burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it].
(3) For if any person things himself to be somebody [too important to condescend to shoulder load
when he is nobody [of superiority except in his own estimation], he deceives and deludes and cheats himself.
(4) But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work. He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable [in itself alone] without [resorting to]boastful comparison with his neighbor.
(5) For every person will have to bear (be equal to understanding and calmly receive) his own [little] load [of oppressive faults].
This to me completely sums up how we are suppose to treat our fellow man. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. Don't criticize or be judgmental. Don't look down on people because they are not as knowledgeable as we are about the word of God. Help them. In Matthew 7:3-5, Jesus is talking about people being hypocrites because they see and criticize other's mistakes and faults, but they don't even consider their own. He says: (3) Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother's eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye? (4) Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye? (5) You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother's eye.
Another way to look at this is we need to "get our own house in order before trying to clean up other people's. Or, we need to get our own lives in order before trying to tell others how to run their's.
The Answers to last night's Bible Challenge "Parents and Children Parts 1 and 2 are as follows:
1. b) Ishmael (Genesis 16:15)
2. c) Isaac (Genesis 25:1-2)
3. b) Rachel (Genesis 35:24)
4. b) Samuel (2 Samuel 1:20)
5. d) became ungodly men (1 Samuel 2:12-17)
6. c) Jesse (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
7. b) killed by Philistines (1 Samuel 31:2)
8. d) Bathsheba (2 Samuel12:24)
9. a) Amoz (Isaiah 1:1)
10. Elizebeth (Luke 1:13)
1. a) Noah (Genesis 10:1)
2. d) David (2 Samuel 7:18-29)
3. a) Elkanah (1 Samuel 1:19-20)
4. b) Kish (1 Samuel 9:1-2)
5. c) Saul (1 Samuel 18:27)
6. b) Rehoboam (1 Kings 11:43)
7. c) she worshipped an idol (1 Kings 15:11-13)
8. d) Ahaz (2 Kings 16)
9. b) Beeri (Hosea 1:1)
10. John (John 19:26-27)
Good Night to All and May God Bless!