Posted by: SandreS | February 13, 2009

Joy Helpers

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand (II Corinthians 1:24).

Paul, the apostle to the nations, was a joy helper. His life was to assist others in their joy. This is a divine undertaking. We have the privilege of joining this Pauline ministry in our daily lives.

We can learn from Paul in this passage, from what is sandwiched within this verse, what it is that will bring real joy from God in their lives – “but are helpers of your joy,”

No Human Dominion

Paul starts by saying, “Not for that we have dominion over your faith.” The beginning of divine joy is found in freedom from domination in the area of faith. We are the helpers of others’ joy by assisting them in their freedom from religious domination; for it is religious dominance that produces spiritual kill-joys. Help set others free.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

Standing by Faith

Paul ends this verse with, “for by faith ye stand.” The cycle of joy begins with freedom from religion, and finds its completion standing by personal faith. We finish the cycle of being the helpers of others’ joy by supporting them in their own personal faith before God.

To be a joy helper, we must allow others the freedom to follow their own heart of faith before God. If their studies and convictions would lead them differently than it has us, we must encourage them in those things, as long as we see in them a genuine heart to honor the Lord with what they understand. This is because there are to be greater principles that have preeminence in our own hearts: the principles of pure grace, unconditional love, genuine acceptance, individual faith and personal liberty.

Paul taught that believers with opposite understandings and practices (even if one may be weak in the faith) could both live their lives in honor to the Lord. This does not mean that we could always walk with others in all things, but it does mean that we can support and encourage others to be faithful to the Lord based on the understanding of their own hearts; for whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).

Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God (Romans 14:22).

Helping others in their freedom from religion, encouraging them in the freedom to follow their own hearts of faith wherever God may lead them, will enable us to be “helpers of your joy.”

In our daily lives let us bring joy to those around us – real joy, Divine Joy.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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