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BEARING EACH OTHER'S BURDENS

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Not losing heart, we seek to do good with our resources, and to do good to all - but especially to those who are of God’s family. We may fool ourselves by expecting much when we sowen little, but we cannot fool God, and the results of our poor sowing will be evident.

When Paul writes as we have opportunity and let us do good, he clearly includes himself in what he writes.  He speaks to himself here as much as to the Galatians.

Because of the danger brought in by the legalists, Paul’s work among them had not yet really been rewarded, so he needed to remember not to lose heart either. The principle of whatever a man sows, that he will also reap has application beyond giving and supporting pastors and ministers.  It has a general application in life; what we get out is often what we put in.

Yet, Paul is not promoting some law of spiritual “karma” that ensures we will get good when we do good, or always get bad when we do badly.  If there were such an absolute spiritual law, it would surely damn us all.

Instead, Paul simply relates the principle of sowing and reaping to the way we manage our resources before the Lord.  He uses the same likeness in 1 Corinthians 9:11 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-10.

Heaven will speedily multiply your seed today in Jesus name.

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