John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Life is Hard
Life is hard. From difficulties and disappointments to painful losses, over-whelming anxiety, and heartbreaking grief, we all go through hard times. None of us are exempt, not even the best Christians among us.
Because life is hard, we need all the help we can get to keep the faith and not give up. Of course, our God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is our ultimate source of that help. Yet here on earth, THE primary channel that God uses to minister His help is the church. It's you, me, all of us... or at least it should be.
Are we the kind of church that helps people through difficult times? Do we help or do we hinder? Do we make it easier for people to live out their faith or do we make it harder? The answer is up to all of us.
Galatians 6:2-5 NIV
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.
What is a burden?
A burden is anything that makes life more difficult and threatens our faith in God. They can be physical, material, emotional, relational, and spiritual.
Carrying Each Other's Burdens
Carrying another person’s burden is costly. It means entering into the heaviness of their difficulties by taking an interest and getting involved… and you will feel the weight of that. Yet in helping to bear the burdens of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we fulfill the law of Christ which is the way of love.
Uphold One Another
1. Take action to help someone carry their burden.
Go into your week with open eyes, open hands, and an open heart. Don't worry about everything, but try to do something for someone. Pray. Listen. Give. Serve. Lovingly confront to restore.
2. Let someone else help you carry your burden.
Don't let your pride and stubbornness keep you from receiving the help that God wants to pour out into your life.