June 22nd 2010

Pray For One Another

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
“For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.”

2 Corinthians 10:12, 18 (NKJV)
We all have our faults and weaknesses, and therefore it is not wise to judge and compare ourselves with other Christians—instead we should compare ourselves with Jesus Christ, then none of us will have anything to boast about. Judging others is itself a fault, a weakness to be repented of. Even if we see another Christian sin we should not judge them, the scriptures tell us to do something else: “If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life.” (1 John 5:16 NLT).
Of course if we know that a brother or sister is sick we pray for them, but what about other times? Romans 12:15 says to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” When we know that good things have happened to others, should we not rejoice for them in prayer, as well as praying for them in bad times?
A church where brethren are judging one another is a spiritually weak church, but a church where the brethren are all praying for one another becomes spiritually strong. That is because it builds itself up in and through the love of Jesus.  It is not what we do, it is what Jesus does, when we pray for one another.

Let’s pray for one another. “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

Thank you Father, that through the power of the love of Jesus we can grow in love towards others.

Study by Arthur Allden 

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