Let’s just take a moment here, get really honest, and admit that one of the hardest things to do is to admit that we need help. We tend to be a “power through” and a “fake it until you make it” kind of society.
Yet, we know that we aren’t always ok. And we also know that if we aren’t always ok, there is a pretty good chance that our friends aren’t always ok. There is often a lot of life that happens just below the surface, and it can become overwhelming trying to carry the weight of our burdens alone.
Galatians 6:2 NIV tells us to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
God created us to be communal beings. We know that as believers God did not intend for us to walk alone. We are meant to do life with others. He calls us to come together as a part of one body that encourages, supports, serves, and helps one another.
John 15:12-14,17 NIV makes it clear:
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command… This is my command: Love each other.”
Matthew 22:37-40 NIV illustrates this same truth:
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
We love one another as Jesus loves us. We serve one another as Jesus serves us. We help one another as Jesus helps us. That is the law of Christ. However, in this society where many keep their struggles hidden, it can be difficult to know if and when we are needed by our friends.
Jesus had a miraculous ability to see past the exterior and draw out the needs of people. Because of Christ alive in us and His Holy Spirit at work within us, we can do that same thing.
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