9th March 2015
‘By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.’ Galatians 6:2 (NCV)
What is the ‘law of Christ’? When the Pharisees asked Jesus what the greatest commandment in the Law of Moses was, He summed up all the law with this statement: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. And love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27). He explained that all the law and the prophets hung on those two things.
If you open your Bible and read verse 1 in Galatians chapter six, you’ll discover that Paul is challenging these people to help others who have fallen into sin. I love this because Paul recognises that Christians sin. Too often we feel unable to share our pain with others and get the help we need.
Practical service requires a humble spirit and a realisation that we all mess up. Many times Christians believe they have to give out solutions. However, that’s not always what’s needed. What people need is to be cared for. They will see more of Christ through your actions than your words. A person who is struggling with a bad habit probably won’t be impressed with all the Scriptures you can use to prove he needs to quit. He already knows he needs to quit. What will minister to him is your willingness to show kindness and give him encouragement as he makes his way toward recovery.
With your help, hurting people can find Christ without ever hearing a sermon from you.
Question to Consider
Who do you know who needs your help to carry their burden today?
Pray that you will love others not just with words but with practical, hands-on service.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.