Galatians 6:2

Sunday, 03 December 2017

-Today’s teaching will be part two of a new series I’ve titled, “Helping the Hurting.” -I want to spring board off of last week’s illustration comparing a police with a paramedic, arriving on the scene of an accident. -This because, the police are only concerned with who broke the law, whereas the paramedic is concerned with those injured.

-I see these spiritual police as the modern day Judaizers who only focus on who’s at fault and in the wrong by breaking the law. -Sadly, doing so leaves much damage in its wake, which is why it’s incumbent upon us to be paramedics instead of the police.

-The reason this illustration is so important and germane to our understanding is because of the damage the legalists had done. -Specifically by getting their tentacles into the churches in Galatia and succeeding in tripping them up and weighing them down. -Enter our text today where Paul turns a corner and goes from exposing the legalists, to now helping those hurt by the legalists.

1. Be gentle to others – (Verse 1) -Here, Paul says if someone is caught in a fault, those who are spiritual mature should gently restore them to spiritual health. -However, he also cautions us to be very careful in doing so, lest we be tempted to think that this could have never been us.

2. Be compassionate toward others – (Verse 2) 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. -What Paul is saying here in verse two is we are to carry each other’s burdens, because this is one way we can fulfill the law. -The reason he mentions the law is because the Judaizers had placed requirements and even demands that they keep the law. -It’s as if Paul is saying, okay, so you’re all about the law, why don’t you have compassion and carry each other’s burdens then?

-If you were to ask me what I thought was one of the most lacking things in the church today, my answer would be, compassion. -The reason being is that we for the most part have become self consumed Christians who only think about our self, not others. -While this may in some way explain this, but not excuse this, it could very well be that it’s a sign that we are in the last days.

2 Timothy 3:1–5 — 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

3. Be humble before others – (Verses 3-5) 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. -At first read, one might get the impression that there’s a contradiction in verse five concerning each one carrying their own load. -The question becomes one of why Paul would say carry one another’s load in verse two then carry your own load in verse five. -The answer to this question is that in verse five Paul is referring to the judgment seat of Christ where we all stand on our own.

Romans 14:10 -You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

-The truth of the matter is, self-focused pride always look down on, and judge others, even expecting others to carry their load. -Conversely, an others focused humility always looks at someone else’s burden and wants to help carry it to lighten the load. -Perhaps we need look no further to why it is that the happiest people are those who don’t have their eyes on themselves only.

-In our pride, we will become blind to ourselves and deceive ourselves, whereas when we’re humble we’ll examine ourselves.  -This is what Jesus taught concerning the one who is blind to the log in his own eye as he judges the speck in his brother’s eye. -One who is full of pride judges others, and in so doing, they end up judging themselves in the same measure they judge others. 

Matthew 7:1–5 -1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

-Pride says I’m more important than you and deserve more than you do whereas humility says I am no more important than you. -This is why someone will be too proud to receive help from someone, such that, to do so requires humility to ask for the help. -It not only requires humility to ask for help from others, it also requires humility as the receiving end of that help from others.

Philippians 2:3–4 -3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.