Lift the Weight
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Lift One Another
Lift One Another
Who thinks that living like Christ all of the time is easy?
Who falls short sometimes?
Who thinks that they might benefit from having someone else help them reflect Christ more in their lives?
These first two verses show us how to help one another
“if anyone is caught in any transgression”
intentional or unintentional
story about talking about Andre
putting a dislocated limb back in it’s place
focus on cure not punishment
PUNISHMENT/JUDGEMENT IS NOT OUR JOB
“keep watch on yourself”
make sure you are not lapsing into judgement
that is one of the easiest temptations out there for all of us to fall into
“bear one another’s burdens”
literally weights, meaning that these exceed the strength of those who are trying to carry them
“so fulfill the law of Christ”
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Forget the old law, move to the new law of love
Anybody think they’re above the failings of others in some special way?
Like you’re exempt from these struggles?
exempt from the frailty of other men
“test his own work”
look at your own life
look at your own burden
“reason to boast will be in himself alone”
the only reason you would have to boast is if you were perfect all on your own
“and not in his neighbor”
just being better than someone else is not EVER a reason to boast
our standard is to be our best, not someone else’s better
“for each will have to bear his own load”
while we should lift others burdens, and we should have those in our lives who lift ours, we must still recognize our own burden of sin in order to restore others sympathetically
Bear the burden for another… but remember
Our standard is to be our best, not someone else’s better