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Because He Ain't Heavy

"The road is long with many a winding turns that leads us to who knows where, who knows where. But I'm strong... Strong enough to carry him... He ain't heavy, he's my brother... His welfare is my concern, no burden is he to bear, we'll get there. For I know he would not encumber me, he ain't heavy, he's my brother. If I'm laden at all, I'm laden with sadness that everyone's heart Isn't filled with gladness of love for one another. Its a long, long road from which there is no return, while we're on the way to there, why not share. And the load doesn't weigh me down at all... He ain't heavy, he's my brother."

Bobby Scott and Bob Russell 1969 Recorded by the Hollies

The origin behind the words to this famous song go back to 1884, when James Wells of the United Free Will Church of Scotland had a story in his book, The Parables Of Jesus. A young girl was walking down the street carrying an extremely large little boy. Someone asked if she need help, to which she replied, "Nah, he ain't heavy, he's my brother." The saying also became the slogan of Boys Town, founded in Nebraska in the 1940s... It is not unalike the question rendered by Cain to God about being his brother's keeper is it? I think that it is incumbent upon us to evaluate just what our role is when it comes to the treatment of a brother. Yesterday's verse was from the Book of Romans.. "Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (15:7). To me, this clearly indicates that when someone becomes a Christian, that we are to accept them into the family of God and not ignore them... We can't allow them to remain on the fringe, because if they are not assimilated into the family, they will not grow. As I reference my title of yesterday, we are to assume the role of "body-builders," trying to edify them rather than put stumbling blocks in their way. In the short Book of Philemon, the apostle Paul says this about him: "Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints" (V 7). I think I would feel pretty good if someone talked about me in that way. We are by our example, words, and attitude, to lift our brothers up. We are to submit to them rather than arrogantly try to rule over them. We are to serve them, so that when they see this service, they will, by example desire to serve also. We are to exhibit hospitality to them, so that feel welcome and cared for... "Its a long, long road from which there is no return, while we're on our way to there, why not share... And the load doesn't weigh me down... He ain't heavy, he's my brother..."

Have a wonderful day... Do good, give God the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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