God wants your relationships to be more than just fair, average, good, or even great. He wants your relationships to be awesome! Awesome relationships cause the world to stand up and take notice, because they are different from many of the dysfunctional relationships all around us. Although healthy relationships are not automatic or easy, they are worth fighting for.
Choose Right – Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroy”
We must be careful with whom we choose to build close relationships
Think Right – Romans 12:16-18
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18
We must strive to live at peace with everyone around us – we are to be a peacemaker
Respond Right – Romans 12:19-21
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
We should not seek revenge, but respond to evil with grace and love
This morning we are going to look at the importance of being able to act right
Galatians 6:1-5 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.
Act with grace and compassion (v. 1-2)
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
In our relationships we are to look out for the needs of others
When a person falls we are to be there to lift them up
The term “restore” has the emphasis of a doctor setting a bone that has been broken
If we are to have awesome relationships we need to have the focus of healing when a person is hurting
When the relationship is about us we will focus on what is best for us rather than what is best upon the other person
The key is that we are to be spiritual – or mature in the relationship
We will have the wisdom and maturity to act correctly with grace and compassion upon the person who needs help
Compassion is not pity. Pity lets us stay at a distance. It is condescending.
Compassion is not sympathy. Sympathy is for superiors over inferiors.
Compassion is not charity. Charity is for the rich to continue in their status over the poor.
Compassion is born of God. It means entering into the other person’s problems. It means taking on the burdens of the other. It means standing in the other person’s shoes. Ron Lavin, Alone/Together, CSS Publishing Co., Inc.
In verse 2 Paul continues the emphasis of grace and compassion when we are called upon to help with the burdens of others
The term translated burden is an overwhelming load
Picture of donkey and wagon
Helping bear the overwhelming load fulfills the law of Christ
Jesus tells us in John 13:34 that we are to “Love one another as I have loved you.”
The law of Christ focuses upon the other person in the relationship
Whether it is in our marriage, a friendship, a work relationship, or with a neighbor – we will follow the law and Christ and will be mature and spiritual when we put the needs of others ahead of our own
We are to be others-centered rather than self-centered
Act with humility (v. 3)
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
In order for our relationships to grow we must not approach the relationship with an attitude of superiority – rather we must be humble
Verse 1 warns us that we can easily fall, just like the person we are helping