• Doc Pardon

Bear One Another's Burdens

Galatians 6:1-5 says 'Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.' We need to be there when people have made mistakes and need help. We need to help them instead of being so self-righteous and pointing fingers, and in some cases, judgmental. Who are we but the redeemed of the Lord? We needed forgiveness ourselves, and needed a savior because our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Jesus Christ bore our sins and sicknesses and diseases, and He instructed us to love one another as He loved us. Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:10-14? Jesus said "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men - extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other, for everyone who exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." I have seen how some would look at people when they come into the church, and you could see disgust on their faces, and the whispering begin. Why are we even there? The church should be a place of refuge, reconciliation, restoration, hope and peace. We should represent the Lord Jesus Christ in everything we say and do. Bear one another's burdens. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and be there when there is a need for support, comfort, and a helping hand. At one time or another, we will all need a shoulder and an ear, and at times, maybe even more. Love one another as Christ has loved you. The Lord said that they (the world) would know we are His disciples by our love one for another (John 13:35).

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