“1 Brothers and sisters, if a person gets trapped by wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should help that person turn away from doing wrong. Do it in a gentle way. At the same time watch yourself so that you also are not tempted. 2 Help carry each others burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings.” – Gal 6:1-2 (God’s Word Translation)
This scripture came to me while reading the first “Help During Struggle” post.
There is a natural temptation, when we see people doing wrong, to stand aside and point an accusing finger at them. That may be “natural” for non-Christians but it should not for “us.” As Christians, we should be living by the Word of God, and the scripture above is clear that we have a responsibility to help those that are caught in a struggle.
Now that struggle may be a habit, sin, or someone who is habitually sinning. Never is it good to look at them through the eyes of our own sense of holiness or righteousness (not good), but rather through the love of God. Because, if we were absolutely truthful, we all have something that is a struggle for us!
The Bible gives us an example of this in John 8, when the mob brought to Jesus a woman who had been “caught in the act of adultery.” Although, the Law gave course to stone her, and her accusers were glad to do so, Jesus had mercy. He basically told them to stone her if there was no struggle in their lives. Needless to say, she lived.
My friend, I believe we all have some struggle or issue that keep us praying or crying out to God. If this is true, then why is it so easy for us to want to crucify another…instead of helping them? I believe if more of us were willing to help that person that is struggling, not only will the love of God be spread throughout this earth, but we will experience the help we need as well.
Christ redeemed us in spite of our sin, faults, or struggles
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus called the man who showed kindness to someone that had fallen, a neighbor. The Samaritan bore that man’s burden…he helped him when he could not help himself. He did not ask him ‘how’ he got in that predicament— he helped at personal sacrifice and expense.
Finally, let us remember the “Golden Rule” as found in Matthew 7 (New Living Translation): “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you…” Namely, help those who are struggling with issues because we may need someone to help us one day.
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