Intentional Actions

Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The law of Christ here is to love one another as He loved us. Do you have someone in your life that is hard to bear? Amplified says, “Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults…”

There is an old hymn that says to take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. Have you ever taken something to the Lord and then taken it back? Colossians 2:5 Amplified helps us understand how we leave it through faith. It says, “…steadfastness of your faith in Christ (that leaning of the entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness).”

In Nevada we had a really strong wind called the Washoe Zephyr. One time I leaned backwards allowing the wind to hold me up. That is how the Lord wants us to be with Him. No props, no struggle, just laying back resting in His care.

We cannot change another’s sinful behavior. That is a character issue. However, we can take them to the Heart-Changer. He is the only One who can bring character transformation (inner sanctification).

We leave our “burden” with the Lord through prayer. Then we must be diligent to renew our mind so that we do not react in our flesh. Flesh fighting flesh is unprofitable.  We ask the Lord to help us love that person (in their lack of grace) with His love in grace. God gives grace to the humble, but He resists proud flesh.

Renewing our mind is intentional thinking, leading us into intentional diligent actions. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Unresolved issues create the perfect backdrop for sinful behavior. Negative thoughts, anger, resentment, and bitterness are the fruit of unforgiveness.  It is the seedbed that constantly seeps out of the heart to defile and contaminate us and those around us.

We are to live in the present in His Presence. Yesterday is passed, and tomorrow has not come. Don’t be distracted by things you cannot change. Be diligent to change “you” by renewing your mind through God’s word. That is truth that never changes. It is the truth we can absolutely lean on and be upheld by at all times.

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