Giving, Receiving, and Bearing Burdens~


Acts 20:35-  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Ahem.  I love to quote that verse.  I also love to quote Galatians 6:2- “Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

It’s so easy, whenever someone has a need that you can and want to fill, it is wonderful to be able to say, “You’re supposed to let me bear your burdens.  You can’t do the bearing if the other person won’t let you pick up the burden!”  I also have been known to say, “I can’t give if someone won’t receive.  By not receiving, you’re prohibiting me from experiencing the blessing of giving.”

It all sounds so wonderful until you’re on the receiving end.  Suddenly, your words come back and haunt you.  It is worse when you don’t even NEED to receive.  Why is it that accepting help from people when you need help is hard, but when you don’t, it’s nearly impossible to  swallow?  Why is blessing others when they aren’t in want wonderful, but when we aren’t in need, it’s miserable?  Why do we live such double standards?

Do the body of Christ a favor.  Next time someone does or offers to do something for you, let them.  Accept it graciously.  Show the kind of appreciation and acceptance that you want others to show you.  Yeah… I think I have a verse for that one too

Matthew 7:12-  So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Ouch.

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