29 Mar BEAR EACH OTHER’S BURDEN
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.2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
When it comes to bear each other’s burdens by meeting their physical needs, most people come out clean. We will often go all the way to help someone who needs money or things that we have often in excess. The greatest challenge facing the church, however, is when we have to stand with someone who is overtaken in a fault. That is the point where everyone practically shuns and runs away from that person.
The easiest way out is to dissociate ourselves from that person for fear that we will be thought of as “co-sinners” or partners with that person in whatever fault has overtaken him/her. People are so conscious of what society thinks of them. This is very crucial because we live in a world where we are judged outwardly more than inwardly. We often condemn someone from the outside before we later discover what a great person he is really like on the inside.
The mature Christian is the one who can discern between the perpetual sinner and one overtaken in a fault, exactly as the Apostle Paul puts it. The reason is that tomorrow, the one overtaken in the fault could be you. If someone is overtaken in a fault, the least we can do is not to tell tales about that person. People usually do not pray for such persons; so simply be silent about it and leave him/her with God. Talking about him/her to other people does nothing to help the situation. Just pray and hold your peace.
1. Thank God for His mercies and kindness that leads Him to always forgive and restore us unto Himself.
2. Ask for the wisdom and discipline to handle brethren who are overtaken in a fault, not treating them like perpetual sinners.
3. Heavenly Father, please give me the humility and meekness to stand in with the brother or sister who is overtaken in a fault till You come through for him/her.
I declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ. My faith in His righteousness imputed to me does not make me better than anyone else. I acknowledge my limitations and the possibility that I also may be overtaken in a fault. Therefore, I choose to walk in love and meekness towards everyone in the name of Jesus.