Our love for Jesus will cause us to love each other.
We are given to each other the privilege not merely of sharing a life in Christ, but also of suffering together for His sake. Paul tells us that as fellow believers, we are divinely appointed to encourage each other through our joys and sorrows.
26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;
or if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Corinthians 12:26
There are two kinds of people in the church, the healthy and the hurting. The healthy helps the hurting. How do we do it? In Luke 5:17-26, we read the story of the four friends who went to extreme lengths to get Jesus to heal their paralysed mate. And they were not disappointed with the result.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, “through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). The word, “serve” comes from the Greek douleuō which means “to take the place of a slave”. Paul is not asking you to become a slave to someone. He is asking you to have a real servant heart whenever you help others. You serve because of Christ. You perfectly fulfil Christ’s law of love working in and through you when you offer others a helping hand (Galatians 6:2).
Serving is never about getting God to feel satisfied with you. If it were so, then serving others becomes a burden. When you serve out of the revelation that God is already satisfied with you, then serving others is the authentic overflow of your life in Christ.
Do you know someone who is hurting right now?
Then, ask God to show you how you can “carry” the person.
There is always an opportunity cost in caring for someone. It may not often be the most convenient thing to do and can even be taxing at times. Still, it is always the right thing to do. When you share together in the same pain of suffering, you will share together in the same joy of freedom.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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