Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 30th, 2020
Bearing Up Loved Ones
In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Luke 4:11 (NKJV)
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength...
Romans 15:1 (NASB)
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another...
Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)
Because of God's deep and abiding love, His angels bear us up at His Command. Our Father tells us to follow His lead in lifting other people who need help.

Whether we're bearing up or bearing with... the mishaps, weaknesses and offenses of those who cant' seem to help it, when they...

* Forget or show up late to appointments
* Bring up something that's inappropriate
* Fall away from previous commitments
* Lack the resources to get a job done
* Act nothing like Christians should be acting
* Stretch the truth to make themselves look better
* Descend into a pit of depression
* Simmer in complaint or irritation
* Become angry, impatient or unkind
* Make a mistake they will not acknowledge

The people we think don't deserve our help are exactly the ones who need it most...

And those we think don't deserve forgiveness are exactly the ones we must forgive.


Jesus did exactly the same for us.

'If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them' (Luke 6:32, NIV).

## Bearing Up Loved Ones (Part 9)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bearing series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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