Chapter Six, Lesson One
SPIRITUAL RESTORATION Page
V. 4 (Cont'd.)
** Should we base the results of our self-examination on how bad other
people are, therefore making us look good?
No, Paul says this examination is "in regard to himself alone,
and not in regard to another."
** After a close look at who we are in Christ, if we find a "redeeming"
quality, should we boast on our behalf because of a job well done?
Absolutely not! "But he who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.
For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends."
cf. 1Corinthians 4:1-5, Psalm 115:1
V. 5 ** As we move into verse 5, does Paul change his mind about
us carrying each others burdens?
No, while it may seem to be in contradiction to verse two, a quick
word study will help us to understand what he is saying.
V.2 - burdens [baros] - means heavy loads that are difficult to lift
V.5 - load [phortion] - this refers to anything that is carried without
any connection to difficulty.
** So, what is Paul saying?
We are responsible for how we "carry" ourselves as Christians,
and will give an account to the Lord. cf. 1Corinthians 3:11-14, 2Corinthians
Remember, Jesus said "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your
souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light." (Matthew 11:29-30)
While we are responsible for how we walk as Christians, the load we
must carry is "light" if we allow the Holy Spirit to control
us at all times.
** What are we to do when we find a brother or sister who has become
entangled in a pattern of sin?
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to restore them to the Lord.
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