Free For AllDr. Warren W. Wiersbe | November 27, 1977
Selected highlights from this sermon
You can tell if a person is living by grace in the way they treat other people. Are they helping to bear burdens, or looking to see what they can get out of the relationship?
When we meet someone, our first question should not be “What can they do for me?”, but “What can I do for them?”Every believer has the privilege of bearing each other’s burdens as well as sharing their blessings.
Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.
A spiritual life reveals itself by the way we treat others.
If a person is living by grace you can tell in the way he treats other people.
If you live by the law, you are always comparing yourself to others.
Two marvelous privileges under grace in our relationships with one another:
- The privilege of bearing burdens (Galatians 5:1-5)
- Everyone has some type of burden.
- Many people are burdened by themselves, religion, or responsibilities.
- In this section Paul is specifically talking about the burden of a backslidden brother.
- The test of our spirituality is not how we treat our brother who has succeeded, but how we treat our brother who has stumbled and fallen.
- The legalist uses his fallen brother to make himself look good.
- The aim of a spiritually-minded person is to restore the broken part of the body.
- Our attitude should be one of meekness, grace, and humility.
- You have to be sure of yourself before you can really help someone else.
- Is your spiritual life dependent on the encouraging or opinions of other people?
- Live for the approval of God alone.
- Did you add to someone’s burdens today, or did you help carry them?
- Bear each other’s burdens.
- The privilege of sharing blessings (Galatians 5:6-10)
- Christians belong to one another and share with each other.
- Any material blessing God has given to us can be given back to Him and used for His glory.
- We reap where we sow and what we sow.
- We might get weary in the Lord’s work, but we should not get tired of doing the Lord’s work.
- When meeting someone, our first question should not be, “What can they do for me?” but “What can I do for them?”