A Love for Others

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Romans 9:1-3

One of the things that made Paul such a great Christian and gave him such a great ministry was the fact that he cared for people and had a tremendous burden for them.  This passage highlights just how deeply he felt that burden for others.

Here he says that “I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”  That is a powerful statement, and a statement that I doubt any of us would be willing to make.  I would certainly not want to see myself accursed from Christ – even if it did mean someone else coming to Him.

But Paul had a deeper burden for people than I have.  I should be trying to emulate Paul a little more in this area.  We are supposed to love others and we are supposed to try to bring them to Jesus.  But I don’t think that most of us have the level of urgency that we should.  Paul said that he had “great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.”  He had a burden for people, and when they rejected the Lord Jesus, it broke his heart – to the point that he wanted to do anything to see them saved.

What kind of burden do we have for others?  Have we ever wept over someone we know who is not a Christian?  Have we ever even felt that heaviness and sorrow in our hearts for those all around us?  We can all take a lesson from Paul here and ask the Lord to give us a deeper love and burden for people.

2 responses to this post.

  1. I do need a deeper burden for others . . .thank you for helping me to pray for that today! God bless you.

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