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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teen Stresses: Marriage, Biblical Reflections Concluded

     One thing Sojourner needed to guard against was her own arrogance and potential to fall into the same temptation to which her friend, Susan, succumbed. Turning to Galatians Chapter 6, we see, clearly, the Apostle’ Paul’s admonition to the Galatian Church:

Verse 1: “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

     Paul goes on to instruct those who have tried to gently correct the brother or sister. His duty to them is not finished with addressing their sin.

Verse 2:Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

     Don’t give up on your friend. Instead help him/her carry the load on the way to making things right. Why? Because you’re a nice guy? No, because it is what Jesus wants you to do… feelings have nothing to do with it.

Verses 3-4: If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions.”

     Be careful not to think yourself above your friend, saying to yourself Oh, I would never do that. Instead, check out your own heart. Attitude is everything and to have the right attitude is essential in both bringing correction, giving hard-to-swallow information and in helping restore the one who has fallen. Be assured, you can be the one who falls next if you are not careful. Don’t think you won’t get caught in your own sin! God is always watching… which is a real comfort if you are doing what is right but a real bomb if you’re not!

Verses 7-8: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

     Whether you are the friend being admonished or the one doing the admonishing, God is alert to your actions and your heart. You won’t get away with doing wrong or doing the right thing with a wrong attitude. If you choose to do wrong, destruction is your reward. If you choose to do the right thing, even if it may not work out best for you, you will reap eternal life.

     One last passage from Galatians Chapter 6 brings us right back to the position of Sojourner:

Verses 9-10:  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

     Don’t give up on your friends, especially those who should know better because they are Christians and read the Bible. Yes, of course, if they read it, they should know what they’re doing is wrong. Care enough to stand with them and try to help them not make the mistake in the first place. Be there for your friend, even if he or she doesn’t listen to your counsel. You should take care to see you’re doing the right thing always. It will be worth it!

****Until tomorrow then, have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. I just read a Charles Stanley/ In Touch devotional with the theme of helping fallen brothers & sisters in Christ. Reading your message affirms and confirms God's exhortation.

    Wing His Words!