Lay Aside Every Weight

Hebrews 12:1 KJV Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
 
Yesterday, we saw that our life was compared with a race. We are to run that race with patience, a cheerful endurance. Let’s look at this verse to learn some tools that will help us to run our race with patience. First, we have to lay aside every weight. Weight here means burden or hindrance. It does not necessarily have anything to do with sin. The issue is that we are to take every burden to the Lord (1 Peter 5:7) so that we re free to run our race. Any burden we try to carry will onlt slow us down in our race.

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Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews 12:1 KJV Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
 
Our life is compared to a race in this verse. We need to understand that this race is not a sprint, but rather it is a marathon. We need to run this race with patience. Patience is defined in two ways. One is a cheerful endurance, the other is an abiding under. The idea is that we do not run from hardship. We need to learn to abide in Christ with a cheerful endurance. Tomorrow we will look at some actions that will help us to run out race with patience. Today, we can run by trusting the Captain of our Soul, Jesus Christ.

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1 Corinthians 13:11-13

1 Corinthians 13:11-13 KJV When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. [12] For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. [13] And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
 
We now come to the conclusion of this chapter on true, God-like love. We are expected to grow in our understanding of the truths that have been taught to us in this chapter. We are not to be childish in our life as we move forward in our relationship with the Lord. The chapter ends by pointing out that there are three things that are constant: faith, hope, and charity (love). We need all three of these truths in our life and we need to grow in these. But the top priority is love. Above everything else, we ought to show others and the world around us the love of God.

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1 Corinthians 13:9-10

1 Corinthians 13:9-10 KJV For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. [10] But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
 
We have seen the detailed description of true, God-like love. We have even seen that this love is permanent when others things cease. Our verese today continue that thought. Our knowledge is only partial at best. We do not know everything nor do we understand everything. But we do have the completed Word of God to guide and direct us through each and every day. God’s Word also teaches us, as we have seen, how to truly love others. Let’s live this day following the Word of God and love others as God would love them.

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1 Corinthians 13:7-8

1 Corinthians 13:7-8 KJV Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. [8] Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
 
As we continue to study true love, God-like love, we learn some more aspects of this love. We see that real love simply puts up with everything. Real love believes the good and believes in the one that is loved. Real love has a hope. This hope is based on God and His working in our life. It is a faith that God will always do what is right and best. Real love does not give up but continues in all circumstances. Real love does not fail. Others things will cease to be and will fall by the wayside, but real love will not.

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1 Corinthians 13:5-6

1 Corinthians 13:5-6 KJV Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; [6] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
 
Today, as we continue to study true God-like love, we see a number of quick thoughts about love. Love does not treat people rudely. Love is not selfish. Love does not get angry easily, Love does not keep an account of the evil done by others. Love is not pleased with the sins of others. While love is not pleased with the sin of others, love does not condemn those who sin. Love rejoices in truth. That is a lot to take in. We should take the time to focus one each aspect of what is stated and try to apply these truths to our daily life.

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1 Corinthians 13:4

1 Corinthians 13:4 KJV Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 
 
Now we begin to learn what a God-like love looks like and acts like. True love is patient and kind. When we put others first, this is how love ought to look. Love does not envy. True love takes joy in the happiness and well-being of another. Love does not brag about what it does. Love never points out to someone what we have done for them. love is not arrogant. Arrogance is simply a form of pride. Loving someone for what you get from the relationship is arrogance. Simply put, love is all about the other person and never about us.

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1 Corinthians 13:3

1 Corinthians 13:3 KJV And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
 
We have seen the emptiness of using our gifts or ministering in the Word without charity (love). Today, we see the vanity of doing goo to others without love. The issue here is our motivation. Our Lord was motivated by love to come to the earth and die for our sins. Likewise, we are to be motivated by love in everything we do. This love that we are to be motivated by never seeks for something in return. We are to simply show God’s love to people not expecting anything. Let’s love people in the right way today. 

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1 Corinthians 13:2

1 Corinthians 13:2 KJV And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
 
Yesterday, we dealt with the emptiness of useing our spiritual gift without charity, true love. Today, we see that our ministry in the Word is useless without having and displaying God’s true love. This love is called agape love a God-like love. If we minister in the Word of God without love for the those we are ministering to, we can become filled with pride in what we know about the Bible. The goal is not a knowledge of the Bible. The goal is a growing knowledge of the One who authored the Bible. Let’s minister from a place of love.

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1 Corinthians 13:1

1 Corinthians 13:1 KJV Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
 
The context of this chapter is the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us at the moment of salvation. The Apostle Paul now wants us to understand the motivation behind the use of our gifts is love. Charity, love, is that love that God displayed to us by sending Christ to die for our sins and provide salvation for us. In today’s verse, Paul tells us that the ability to display and use our gift is simply noise without real love. Real, God-like love is the giving of ourselves to benefit other without expecting anything in return. Let’s show the love of God today.

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