Good morning! Grace and peace to you in abundance from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of "bear".
John 16v12 "I have much more to say to you more than you can now bear."
Jesus Christ never begged the disciples to listen to Him. He never beseeched, reasoned, or pleaded with people as Paul does and we do, because they could not sustain or support what He was telling them. Only through Jesus Christ can we receive what others are telling us or others receive what we are telling them. The word bear means to sustain or support. There is no way we could ever be drawn to Christ unless something in us was drawing us to Him and Him to us. The drawing of love we received from Him is the Holy Spirit that is awaken in us by the need to be saved. Having Faith in Him being who God sent for our forgiveness of our sins, through His sacrifice, being sin for us; this awakening of love through faith in Him happens supernaturally. God created all things in this world, so we would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.( Acts 17v27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.) We may be living a life without Him, and are not recognizing we need Him, but He is not far from any of us. We may think we are living a life with Him guiding us but we are living a life through our natural selves because we are creating our own service for Him thinking we are serving Him by our "own hands" as if He needed anything we could give Him. (Acts 17 v 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.) The work we do through our "natural self" counts for nothing, our work only comes through Faith in Jesus sacrifice on the Cross through the grace we have received from Him. We can not bear the love of God in our natural self, we can not bear His wisdom, we can not bear His patience, His faith, His hope nor His love. Only through the Holy Spirit can we bear all of what Jesus Christ is telling us and giving us, that is why we who are still living in the natural are not changing, or not living a life worthy of His calling, because they have not been called. That is why we are not making disciples of Jesus Christ because we are not disciples ourselves. We first have to receive the Holy Spirit from a sincere heart, from always seeking Him and needing our Lord as our Savior before we receive what only the Holy Spirit can bear. If we are living as though we are bearing what He is giving us; growing in His knowledge everyday of who He is making us, doing His will in our lives not our own, then we will be one with the Father as Christ was with the Father because what the Father gave Him has been known to us. The Holy Spirit brings glory to Jesus in who He is making us to be because what He has is being made known to us, it is not something we have within ourselves. ( John 16 v 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.) Are we living as though we have faith in Him in us, because we can bear all of what He is giving us? Are we humble to Him and know we can not bear it our natural selves. Do we know we can not bear His love through His forgiveness, His many gifts, because we have received the only one that can bear it; the Holy Spirit of truth that gives us a new heart, His heart. Read John 16 and Galatians 5.I love everyone with the love God gives me for you!