Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
— Galatians 6:2 —
Dmitry C. | Russia
Helping someone who has fallen into sin is not any easy task. When we help an erring Christian return to the path of truth, we take on the burden of caring for them in the spirit of humility (Gal. 6:1). We don’t just saddle ourselves with something that is superfluous; we do something that especially pleases Christ. What if we don’t want to burden ourselves with the problems of people in our church? Practically, this may turn out to be a complex undertaking which we could compare to setting a broken leg. Most likely, the injured party would not trust us to treat them right away. He might be afraid of pain or complications that go along with the healing process. It’s possible that he might behave badly or be hostile. We need to abundantly exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–23) in order to not only begin to help, but see the whole matter through to the end. Otherwise, we would be tempted to move on as soon as possible from the difficulty (there’s a reason it’s called a burden!). What if we don’t want to burden ourselves with the problems of people in our church? If that’s true, we need to honestly ask ourselves one uncomfortable question and answer it honestly—what if Christ had not lifted your burden of sin and carried it on Himself? What if He had simply said, “That’s not my problem. After all, that fellow has only himself to blame!”? What would have happened if He had not come down, taken up your case, and straightened your path? You would have perished under sin’s weight. Remember that you could fall into sin at any moment—then you would need help from someone else.