Wait, what? Why do I need to bear another person’s burdens, when most likely they got themselves into that situation? Why should I care, who was there to help me when I needed it?
Well these questions can be answered with, God did it and He wants you to imitate Him. So many times we seek a reason to help a person, we feel that if we do, they ought to deserve it or earn it. I am glad, God did not make me earn His bearing with my burdens.
Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote these words, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the Law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1-2 NASB).
Bearing another person’s burdens is not only a help to them but it is a test of faith for the Christian, are you ready to fulfill the Law of Christ? Which Law of Christ, is being mentioned? Well I would strongly suggest the two greatest commands, to love the Lord your God, with all of your heart soul, strength, and mind; and to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus tells us, on these two principles, when they are taken to the furthest extends, to hang all of the Law and the Prophets. Pretty amazing, that we can sum up everything we do with the word, Love!
People make mistakes in life and need a break. Sometimes that begins with forgiveness and the willingness to help them get back on their feet. Sin or “any trespass” can be an ugly thing, it may be more than an overnight fix. You may have to invest time and energy into helping a person, it may come at a risk of loosing or missing out on something yourself. It is worth it, how we treat people here on this earth will determine how we are treated by God. Do not forgive, God will not forgive (Mat. 6:13,14); expect people to be perfect and judge to harshly, that same measure will be applied to us (Matthew 7:1-ff), if we do not have compassion on others, God will not have compassion on us (Matthew 18:21-35). Jesus devoted His life to the will of the Father, which was eternal life to those willing to pick up their cross and follow Him. Take a moment and read Matthew 25:34-46 today, maybe it will change the plans you already had.
This holiday season, many are without families, struggling to make it by, cannot afford to get their children any gifts, and much more. What are you willing to do to help not only a physical need but also a spiritual need (Jesus did them both).
“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians 6:10 NASB).