Apostle Grace Lubega
John 8:10-11 (KJV); When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
God has called us to be helpers, not enablers. While an enabler is self-centred in his love, a helper loves in the purest form.
As helpers, God has called us to CARE FOR people and not to TAKE CARE of them. In the scriptures, specific categories of people are to be TAKEN CARE OF and these are the fatherless and widows (James 1:27).
Many Christians have a misplaced sense of charity. They are like the mythological atlas with the entire world on his shoulders. They struggle with burdens that God has not instructed them to carry.
Love, as understood by God, requires that we CARE FOR men as helpers. Helpers do not expect you to depend on them. When Christ healed the man at the pool of Bethesda, the instruction was, “rise, take thy bed, and walk” (John 5:8). The instruction was not, “take thy bed and come and live with me now that I have healed you.”
Helpers require accountability and greater responsibility from them that they care for. In our theme scripture, Christ tells the woman taken in adultery, “go and sin no more.” As a helper, the fruit of your labour of love must be evident in the other person you are helping and this is achieved through requiring that they be accountable and responsible with their lives.
God wants us to extend love and grace to the world. However, He expects us to do so in wisdom, knowledge and understanding, not as enablers but as helpers.
FURTHER STUDY: James 1:27, John 21:15-17
GOLDEN NUGGET: Love, as understood by God, requires that we CARE FOR men as helpers. God wants us to extend love and grace to the world. However, He expects us to do so in wisdom, knowledge and understanding, not as enablers but as helpers.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. In wisdom, I extend love to the world around me. I do not promote sin by enabling rebellion but I minister grace through the spirit of a true helper. In Jesus’ name, Amen.