Galatians 6:8-10: “But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone--especially to those in the family of faith.”
Moses had been given the enormous responsibility of mobilizing a displaced nation, who had been enslaved for four centuries, and then leading them to a place they had been promised but had never seen. Then, for 40 years, God led this group of people through the wilderness as he miraculously provided for their needs and established his covenant with his chosen people. As he communicated his law and his commands through his servant Moses, God often sealed what he wanted them to know with the phrase, “I am the Lord your God.” It was a constant reminder to Israel that their relationship with him was to be the focal point of their obedience to him.
Q. My in-laws have lots of debt. In fact, they’re always joking that the debt they’ll leave us is more than the inheritance. How will this affect my wife and family if they die with all their debt still in place?
There are many reasons for pastors to learn how to counsel from Scripture. The ultimate reason is to glorify God. But there are other reasons—the first motivation falls under the second greatest biblical commandment to “love our neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Pastors should counsel biblically (or learn how to do so) because the gospel of Christ can change (help) people better, faster and more completely than anything the competition has to offer.