For Whosoever Needs It
Thoughts on Romans 2:21-24
This is another one of those things that I am often (too often) guilty of. But, I always try to catch myself on this one. I am no better than anyone else and no one else’s sin is any greater than my own. We are all sinners and sin is sin.
We need to remember that God has called us to be responsible for our actions. God holds us accountable for every thought and every action—but our responsibility doesn’t stop there. We are also responsible to help lift up others when they fall.
Perhaps nowhere in the Bible is this concept more clearly defined than in Galatians 6: 1-3. Paul laid down three important principles that Satan doesn’t want us to grasp.
First, when we become aware that a brother has fallen into sin, we are to do whatever we can to help lift up that person. Paul wrote, “If any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also. Bear one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it]. For if any person thinks himself to somebody when he is nobody, he deceives and deludes and cheats himself.”
The second point Paul made is that when we become aware someone has fallen, instead of pointing fingers and looking down on them, we should look at ourselves. The devil could have tempted us to do the same thing or something else just as bad . . . or even worse. We need to look with compassion on those who fall and remind ourselves, “Except for the grace of God, I could be there.”
The third thing is to push away pride in our own achievements. If we think we are more spiritual, we’re deceiving ourselves. Proverbs 16: 18 gives this warning: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We must not compare our achievements with others, but instead ask ourselves, Have I really done all that I could have done? Satan is thrilled when we compare ourselves with those who fail and see ourselves as being superior. But when we compare ourselves with the standards Jesus sets for us, we have no cause to be conceited or prideful. Instead, we can be humbly thankful that the Lord is at work in our lives.
NOW GO HAVE A GOOD DAY. BE SOMEONE. HELP SOMEONE. BE PRODUCTIVE.
Bill the Butcher