Strong Shoulders

 

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Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

Galatians 6:1-3 MSG

We all need each other in the body of Christ. We are called to love one another and to help each other. Those of us who are strong in faith have an obligation to help those who are not as strong as we are. When someone falls into sin or has burdens that seem too heavy for them to carry by themselves, we as believers are to step in and edify them. No one needs to hear harsh criticism or have people turn their backs on them. In hard times, people need to hear and feel the love of Christ. If you were down and out you would want someone to be there for you, so extend that same courtesy and be there for your fellow brother or sister in Christ in their time of need.

You may be thinking I’ve got my own problems. This may be true, but this life isn’t about you. This is part of the Christian love walk—putting others before yourself. You must remember that when you help someone else, it takes your mind off of your problems and puts your focus on the needs of others. The more you help other people, the happier you will get and the less stress you will feel in the process. You will need help someday, so freely give what you would want in return. Philippians 4:13 says you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, so you are more than able and equipped to carry the burdens of others. God carried your burdens, and since you are made in His image and likeness, you are anointed to help others. When you help someone else, God will handle the burdens that weigh you down. It’s a beautiful tradeoff and one worth investing in.

Action Step:  Get your mind off of yourself and help someone else. Look for opportunities to be a blessing to someone. You’re strong enough to do so because God’s strength is flowing through you.

Meditation Scripture:

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Rom 15:1 ESV)

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