Share Each Other’s Burdens

Share Each Other’s Burdens

Galatians 6:1-2 NLT “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. [2] Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”

Jude 1:22-23 NLT “And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. [23] Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”

Helping others in the faith is work. A good work. Some folks seem like naturals at it. For others it seems like a harder task. Let me say this: it’s hard for the one who seems natural at it too because we all are affected by our fallen flesh. There is nothing natural about giving timely spiritual encouragement. Prophesying is a gift of the Holy Spirit:

1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”

Romans 12:6 NIV “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.”

Strengthening, encouraging, and comforting people is a work of God. Like anything that comes from God it is opposite of our sinful nature. Hence there will be struggles to operate only in the Spirit verses speaking from human emotions when exercising the gift of prophecy. This is why I said even those who seem to be naturals at upbuilding others have it tough too. If not careful they may start relying on themselves and their perceived natural abilities, forgetting where the gift of prophecy comes from. This is a divine work and spiritual gift that comes from Almighty God.

CONSIDER THYSELF

Galatians 6:1 KJV “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

I love the way the King James Bible says to, ‘Consider thyself,’ when reproving someone else. It means to take a look at one’s own faults and weaknesses when counseling others. This will keep us from being too harsh. And it also reminds us that we can fall into the same sins and temptations if we’re not careful. Hence our message should have a gentle, meek tone to it when encouraging a brother or sister who has taken a false step. This makes counsel much easier to digest.

BE QUICK TO COMMEND

Just as we are used by God to tell someone they’re going down a wrong path be used by Him to tell them when they’re doing what is commendable:

1 Peter 2:19-21 NIV “For it is COMMENDABLE if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. [20] But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is COMMENDABLE before God. [21] To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

By sincerely commending one another we encourage each other. Think about it, would you like being around someone who only points out your faults? Don’t we all like sincere compliments now and then? Then, ‘Do to others as you want them to do to you,’ Jesus says. Get in the habit of giving sincere commendation. Let your brothers and sisters know the good you see in them. It is proper to express praise and approval for one another:

Proverbs 27:2 NLT “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth-a stranger, not your own lips.”

Proverbs 31:30-31 NLT “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. [31] Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”

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