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Galatians, Chapter Six, Lesson One

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." (2Corinthians 10:17-18)
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 or carry.
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 5:10

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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