“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

Because of the cross none of us can boast in ourselves. Paul saw that selfish boasting was the underlying motive of his legalistic opponents who taught circumcision and law keeping as essential to the faith. They only want to be proved right and so exalted themselves.

Not Paul. He gloried in the cross because in Christ alone do we find righteousness and freedom. Perhaps when we look at those preachers we admire so much we should listen carefully to the way they present the gospel. Many are given to boasting and self-promotion and are adept in telling others what to do to improve their lives. Those who preach the true gospel of salvation will promote Christ and the way of sacrificial living and giving. They will truly follow the way of Christ in their lives and pray that we do the same.

We who are called as saints are commissioned by God to preach the gospel with words and deeds. As we manifest the fruit of the spirit we will treat our brethren differently. We will not gossip about their sins, mistakes, quirks or burdens, nor we ridicule them in any way or boast in ourselves as if we were better or more spiritual than they. In fact, as Paul points out, we are not better than they. We are equal in Christ and none of us is perfect. We all sin and fall. We all have our own unique ways about us and our preferences, good bad and neutral. We are to treat others as we want to be treated: with mercy, understanding and love. And so we will bear the burdens or our brethren. We will pray for them. We will assist them as we can. We will edify and teach them the right way to go. In this way we together with them grow into the likeness of Christ.