A Hand-Up That Builds-Up
June 26, 2011
INTRODUCTION: "Christians are the only soldiers that shoot their wounded." I have never personally shot a wounded soldier, but I have allowed more than one to perish that I left unaided in the field of desolation.
In Gal. 5 Paul had spoken of the inward war.
Galatians 5:17, "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish."
Galatians 5:16, "I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."
In Gal. 5:19-21 Paul named 17 "works of the flesh."
"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Paul gently reminds the church that there is not a sin in the category of which we are not capable of committing. He then proceeds to tell us that if we slip, the spiritual are to help get us up. As Christians, we are not incapable of sinning.
Sin is a reality in every Christian's life.
1 John 1:8, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
1 John 1:10, "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
James 3:2, "For we all stumble in many things"
In the letter to the Galatians, Paul admonished the church to take special care to discipline in the right way. Rather than being boastful, challenging one another, and envying one another, church members must be loving, gracious, and helpful to one another, even to those who sin and offend. In Gal. 6:1-6, the Apostle declares that when a sinning brother is ...
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