September 27: How to Lighten Your Load

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 26: 17

“He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.” (Proverbs 26:17)

Horrible wars have been started because of some nations getting involved in other nation’s affairs.

Emotions can lead to terrible problems. We see someone hurt and we become angry — so before we know what has happened, we are involved in situations which we do not clearly nor fully understand. Unless a thing directly concerns you, your family, your ministry, your job or your country, you have no business getting involved, unless the Holy Spirit calls you to do it.

Now if God calls you to do something about a situation, do it, but otherwise keep your nose out of it or you may get it broken or lose face. Do not try to play the Good Samaritan unless you are one.

If You are going to be a Good Samaritan you will need the means to help. You need a “donkey” on which to carry the victim and the finances to support him. And you probably are not ready or able to cope with the situation. I am not saying to be merciless. Call the 911. That is what they are there for.

Let a sleeping dog lie. If you wake him up he may bite you. Do not try to stir up strife or contention. Let My Spirit burden you and appoint your responsibilities — and not your emotions. The Lord knows the full details, and will lead you to that “ministry of helps” which is profitable.

Sometimes people get involved in fights between a husband and wife. Then the husband and wife settle their dispute, and they turn on the one who has tried to help them, or who has been involved in an emotional way.

Mothers, try to keep out of your children’s family affairs — except to pray — unless God commands you otherwise, because you may interfere in something He is doing in their lives.

By minding your own business and assuming only your own responsibilities you will lighten your load. Do it today.

When someone is being corrected never take up that person’s cause, for by interfering you will hinder the one who needs to repent from becoming what God would have him to be.



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