- Points to Ponder
- Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness
- Warning signs for suicide and self-harm
- (20-1) Introduction
- Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs
Points to Ponder
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Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness
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Warning signs for suicide and self-harm
The proud person will not help, because attention will be drawn to himself where there is no healing at all. Verse 3 is the most radical attack on pride in the passage, and it is given as a ground or basis for the meekness with which we bear the burden of loving confrontation: " For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. If you don't have enough so-called assertiveness to confront someone, or if you do, but act arrogantly, most contemporary preachers and counselors Christian and non-Christian will tell you that your problem is lack of self-esteem.
Paul says that your problem is that you think you are something, when in fact you are nothing. Someone may say, "Oh, no.
The reason I don't confront people is because I'm afraid, not because I'm proud. The fear of man may feel humble, but it is rooted in pride, says the Lord. So the Word of God remains: our failure to fulfill the law of Christ is because we think we are something, when we are nothing. Paul is speaking morally here, not physically. Of course we exist, and in that sense we are something. What he means is that apart from the special grace of God in us we amount to a moral zero because of our sinfulness. Again in 1 Corinthians Paul says, "Neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
As far as moral capacities are concerned, man without Christ can only say one thing honestly: I am nothing; God be merciful to me, a sinner. But then when God is merciful and Christ enters our life and enables us to love, we ought not to start talking about self-esteem but Christ-esteem.
What we need to break out of the shackles of our assertive pride and our timid pride is not the bolstering of self-esteem, but a radical confidence in the incomparable Christ who came into the world to save utterly unworthy sinners! When you are looking wholly to Christ for your forgiveness, guidance, love, and joy, the sinner you admonish and restore will know you do not come in the spirit of pride.
Finally, in verses 4 and 5 Paul says, "Let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each man will have to bear his own load. And verse 4 sounds just the opposite of verse 3: are we or are we not supposed to boast in ourselves?
Briefly, here is what I think these verses mean. Verse 4 means: in measuring the value of your own achievement, do not take the work of others as your standard of measurement. Don't get puffed up because a brother falls lower than you. Our pride loves to see people fall when we have stood. Paul says, stop feeding your pride by comparing yourself with those who sin. Don't measure your moral achievements by those of others; measure them, test them, by the laws of Christ. Then whatever there is in you to boast about will not be owing to another's inferiority.
But can we boast of anything in ourselves? Ten verses later Paul says , "Far be it from me to boast same word as in v. For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me. Verse 5 is not a contradiction of verse 2.
I think it means: Don't ever try to lighten the load of your own sin by comparing yourself to a failing brother or sister. Because you are going to bear your own load in the judgment. When the final assessment comes and we are all measured by the law of Christ, no one will make your load lighter by being worse than you are.
You will bear your own load in that day. The plea we hear so often—"But I was as good as Jack! Don't bolster your pride by comparing yourself with others: you will bear your own load. Father, forgive us for the pride of our hearts that keeps us from meekly and lovingly admonishing and restoring each other when we sin.
Transform Bethlehem into a people whose hate of sin and love for sinners creates a community of purity and peace and joy. About Donate. The Law of Christ. The Virus of Self-Reliance Someone asked me back in the spring, after I had preached several months from Galatians, why I was so preoccupied even "obsessed" with the issue of self-reliance and self-exaltation. Burden-Bearing and the Law of Christ The main point of Galatians —5 is given in a general way in verse 2 and a specific way in verse 1. The Burden of Trespasses That is the main point given in a general way in verse 2: bear each other's burdens.
The Danger of Pride Now, having made that main point, everything else in Galatians —5 is a warning against the danger of pride in those of us who take on the burden of correcting and restoring a fellow believer. Assertive Pride and Timid Pride Verse 3 is the most radical attack on pride in the passage, and it is given as a ground or basis for the meekness with which we bear the burden of loving confrontation: " For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Testing One's Own Work Finally, in verses 4 and 5 Paul says, "Let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
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Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs
More Resources Audio. Risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take their life. Search for:. Risk Factors and Warning Signs What leads to suicide? Talk If a person talks about: Killing themselves Feeling hopeless Having no reason to live Being a burden to others Feeling trapped Unbearable pain. Behavior Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change: Increased use of alcohol or drugs Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods Withdrawing from activities Isolating from family and friends Sleeping too much or too little Visiting or calling people to say goodbye Giving away prized possessions Aggression Fatigue.