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"A Godly Person is a Caring Person"

October 4, 2003

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Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

"Mind your own business" is not a biblical maxim. "Carry each other's burdens" is.

We have a caring God. He cared enough to send His Son for our redemption. He wants us to possess and to express His spirit of caring. If we want to be like Him, we must care for one another.

God has put us in community so that one may help the other into heaven. He directs: "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently" (Galatians 6:1). We can almost never truthfully say, "It's none of my business." God has made it our business. It is never true that we can't do anything about a problem. We can always pray, and that may be the best that we can do.

Of his caring friends Saint Paul said, "They have refreshed my spirit." Even he needed the care of loving Christians. He wrote, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32). God directs: "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8).

PRAYER: Dear Lord, let every contact with every brother or sister in Christ be a love contact. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 59-61    Romans 11:19-36

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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