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Help me stay spiritual (part 2)

Bishop-Elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ,” Galatians 6:2.

What is the law of Christ? It’s ‘living in love.’ As Christians, we can imitate the love of Jesus by helping each other when we are going through hard times. It’s not the time to say I told you so. We are to help them and love them with Christ’s love. This love is an ‘Agape love,’ which is the highest form of Christian love. Agape love is characterized by empathy (a deep feeling, and understanding) looking for the good intentions in a person—loving them unconditionally in the Lord at all times.

Paul places greater emphasis on the ‘universal church,’ which only functions when the members work together for the common good of all people—not destroying each other, but caring for one another, helping each other, and looking out for each other as the body of Christ. Loving one another is the law of Christ, and we must fulfill that law with love and not hate. We are to bare each other’s burdens and not be a burden. We must care and not curse, because this is God’s doing. If you do anything for someone, will you help them stay spiritual?

We must help each other.

Helping each other will give us a sense of belonging, happiness, and acceptance. When we restore or help others it will contribute to their overall well being of mental and emotional health. It will improve confidence, control emotions, and give optimism (hopefulness) in there being a great outcome. This will result in a sense of purpose, enhancing confidence and identity. We will feel rewarded and empowered. This is what the church is supposed to be about. When you help restore someone, it will cultivate a life of progress for the Kingdom of God. It’s a collaboration (teamwork) of working to produce greatness.

“Let us consider how we can help one another with love and good deeds,” Hebrews 10:24.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return on their labor. If either of you fall down, the other one can help them get back up. But pity anyone who falls down and has no one to help them get up,” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

If the church is going to make it, we must be in position at all times to help the body stay spiritual.

“If anyone thinks that they are important when they are not, they are only fooling (deceiving) themselves,” Galatians 6:3.

Never think that you are a cut above other people, even when things are going good for you. Living in humility is the means to good success. Success does not start with pride nor end with it. Success starts with humanity and knowledge. Knowledge gives you understanding; it empowers you to be at the place of learning, not at the place of thanking that you know it all. It does not puff you up, but it keeps you meek and wise.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom,” James 3:13.

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