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Somebody To Lean On

We can’t do life alone, and we are not meant to. Galatians 6:2 affirms this, urging Christians to “bear one another’s burdens.” This is especially important when it comes to sin, as we feel trapped, ashamed, defensive, broken and helpless.

When a fellow Christian is “caught in transgression,” we should not leave him to shoulder those chains alone, nor should we rebuke him abrasively. Instead, it is our responsibility to “restore him in a spirit of gentleness” (Galatians 6:1, ESV). We can find that spirit of gentleness in humility, remembering that “if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (verse 3).

With a prideful heart, you cannot help someone else heal and it is difficult to follow the command of Galatians 6:10 to do good to everyone, especially our fellow Christians. Don’t ignore an opportunity to do good for one another, even if it seems difficult at the time. Galatians 6:9 promises we will reap the benefits if we do not give up. As you are there to encourage and restore others, they will be there to do the same for you, helping to carry the burdens that are too heavy for one person alone.

Reflect:

  • Can you remember a time when someone rebuked you abrasively instead of restoring you? How did that rebuke affect that area of sin in your life?
  • If given an opportunity to hold someone accountable, how would you choose to restore them with an attitude of “I’m in this with you”?

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