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Hindering Spiritual Growth

Gal 6:2-5 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.

Mat 11:28-30  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

IF a mother carries an infant then it is good for the infant because the baby can not walk. But if she carries her toddler like the same and not allowing him to walk, then she will hinder the growth of the child. This is a natural wisdom that God has given to many of His creation where there are young ones to be raised. Likewise, in the spiritual walk, we should not carry others in our shoulders when they are supposed to walk on their own. Sometimes, we, out of excessive love and affection, tend to carry some of our friends or relatives burdens on ourselves. What will happen if we do carry them is, they will be lame or lack understanding to a particular situation and it will hinder in their spiritual growth. We have to seek the counsel of God and to evaluate our motives behind this carrying of others burden on ourselves. IF we do not obey the Holy Spirit, then they will have some serious obstacles in their spiritual life and we will suffer some headway in our walk with God.  This is very delicate and emotional situation, which will have different consequence in relationship and their understanding of our testimony. If we take their burdens or leave their burdens for them to learn, either way we have to endure that suffering for the glory of God and for His righteousness. It is the power of God that will help us in taking the burden or to leave the burden. Holy Spirit Who works in us will give us the strength to withstand the consequences and give us peace. Let us pray for this understanding and the courage to lay it down if needed, for His Kingdom.

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