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The Epistle of Jude

Creepy Teachers, Sneaky Libertines, and our Glorious God

by C. Yvonne Karl

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Jude

The River of Life

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VOL 02 NO 03-The River of Life

Bearing one another’s burdens

February 20 – In touch by Charles Stanley

Bearing One Another’s Burdens 
Galatians 6:1-5

If you are looking for a way to carry out Christ’s command to love your neighbor, Paul has a suggestion: bear their burdens. At some point, everyone struggles under the weight of an oppressive situation. Believers have an obligation to get under that load next to their brothers and sisters.

Jesus sets the pattern for burden bearing. He calls to Himself all who are heavy-laden and gives them rest (Matt. 11:28-29). Since God predestines believers to be conformed to Christ’s likeness, we must imitate His care and concern for those who suffer. Acts 4:32 shows that the early church followed His example. To lift the load of poverty, they pooled their resources so that no one was in need.

Paul’s letters make clear his concern for the physical and spiritual welfare of growing churches. He fasted and prayed for them and sent missionaries when he could. He felt it was his responsibility to strengthen them, even though he sustained a personal hardship—his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12:7).

A believer cannot wait until his life is clear of obstacles before reaching out to others, since that day may never come. Even though we have our own needs, we can do all things through Christ’s strength—including sharing someone else’s adversity (2 Cor. 12:9).

When you’re willing to wade into someone else’s troubles to help that person hold up under the weight, two things happen. First, he or she receives desperately needed blessings in the form of aid, support, and love. And second, you fulfill God’s command to love a neighbor as yourself.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

The Greatest of these is “Agape” Love

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01 Love- Introduction

02 Love-Phileo

03 Love-Agape

04 Love-1 Corinthians 13

If we want to have a wonderful Godly life, obedient to the voice of God and have rich fellowship with other Christians, we will need to exercise all kinds of love.

  1. We need agape love because some of the things that God requires of us are not fun or easy, but need to be done. 1 Cor.13:13; Jn.17:27; Jn.3:16; 2 Cor.5:14.
  2. We need to have phileo love because we need true friends to stand with us, people who are emotionally connected to us and with whom we can share our deepest thoughts and feelings. Jn11:37; Jn.5:20.
  3. We as Christians need to have storge love between us, a deep family affection that comforts us and helps us feel connected to our immediate genetic family as well as all our extended spiritual family. Romans 1:31 describes sinful humanity as having “no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.” The Greek word translated as “no love” is astorgos. The other instance of this word is found in 2 Timothy 3:3, where it is translated “without love.” In Romans 12:10 we find an interesting compound: philostorgos is translated as “be devoted.” The word combines philos and storge and means “to cherish one’s kindred.” Believers in Christ, children of the same heavenly Father, are to “be devoted to one another in love.” As part of God’s family, we should show loving affection toward each other and be prone to love. Philostorgus is used only once in the New Testament, and that’s in Romans 12:10.
  4. Eros love is important for starting a family and in the formation of deep, long-lasting bonds of strength between a husband and wife in marriage. In Greek mythology, the god of love was Eros. From this comes the English word erotic which is defined by Webster as “devoted to or tending to arouse sexual love or desire.” The Greek word eros is NOT used in the New Testament.

(c) The Alabaster Box. C. Yvonne Karl. yvonnekarl@gmail.com