True compassion - Explore the Bible for October 14, 2018
Explore the Bible
October 14, 2018
Galatians 6:1-10, 14-15 (HCSB)
A church member said to her pastor, “Pastor, we need to see more signs and wonders in the church.” The pastor responded, “Ma’am, there sits a young lady with three children who has been evicted from her apartment. I would consider it a sign and wonder if you would take them in for awhile.”
In Galatians 5, Paul described walking in the Spirit, being led by the Spirit and living in the Spirit. It’s reasonable for a believer to expect to see signs and wonders, but this was not Paul’s emphasis. In Galatians 6, Paul provided a mosaic of Spirit-led believers living practically in the community of faith.
The first picture in this mosaic described “restoration” (Gal. 6:1). If a person is caught in wrongdoing, the spiritually mature believers should restore that person. The next picture described bearing one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2-5). This requires laying aside self-sufficiency. Sooner or later we all need help from others. Paul then provided a picture of carrying our own load (Gal. 6:5). Believers need to be responsible and take care of their own responsibilities. This idea flows right into the next picture, which described the responsibility of the teacher and the student (Gal. 6:6).
A Spirit-led church is still in need of being taught the Scriptures. Paul required the students to support the teacher or pastor. The major concern here was not about material things but the furtherance of the gospel. The next picture in the mosaic was about sowing and reaping in the household of faith (Gal. 6:7-10). If we sow in the Spirit, we will reap spiritual and eternal things for God’s glory. The last picture completes our mosaic, boasting only in “the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). It is a reminder to boast only in Christ, in contrast to the self-boasting of the Judaizers.
This mosaic pictured “true compassion.” True compassion enables believers to care for others out of a pure motive for the glory of God.