More Than A “God Bless.”
There’s an old saying, We are not here to see through each other, but rather to see each other through.
It’s true when it comes to life within the Church. Christians who are an open book and who have lived even a short time have less need to size up others as there is a real, almost desperate, need for us to support, or as my father used to say, ‘scotch’ one another, as those who are being conformed to the image of Christ.
We need more than just the casual but well-intended God bless. There is a need for private encouragement that sometimes takes the form of a stern but loving rebuke – a firm kick in the britches, if you please, by a fellow believer who indeed cares for the spiritual welfare of a dear brother.
We need Christians who will not excuse themselves with “It’s none of my business.” A brother may sin a terrible sin. He is to be treated with proper discipline but is to be “admonished as a brother” (2 Thess. 3:15). A brother standing in physical need (I John 3:17) cannot be ignored, he becomes our concern. He is our concern even to the laying down of our lives (I John 3:16).
So it is my business. It is my concern. When will we ever learn?
It is a sure expression of our love for one another if we are willing to go out of our way to help one another, to bear one another’s burdens. Our real danger today is that we see only our own problems and have no time for others. That, my friends, is one of the best ways to lose the joy of your salvation – selfishness.
You will not injure your brother by encouraging him in the faith. You will help him and yourself. Encourage one another this week.