Faith worked out, Love

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Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

Christians have been saved from the penalty of sin but are continually being saved from the power of sin. Why continually? Because we are not free from the temptation of sin. Some days we manage to escape unscathed but other days we feel the tug-of-war within us. The apostle Paul himself notes this problem saying, ‘our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us’ (2Cor7 KJV).

The burdens of some are great and extremely heavy to carry. The lure of a past life constantly dangles before them and sometimes it is just too much and they give in to its pull. Verse 1 of Galatians 6 instructs us to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness and to watch our own ways carefully, lest you too be tempted. Temptation comes to each and every one of us, so when we see someone slip or fall, we don’t abandon them, we show them love and bring them back to the God of all mercy.

In bearing one another’s burdens, we are drawing alongside someone who is struggling to cope with a particular circumstance; a circumstance that is not for us to judge but to help them through. We cannot carry someone else’s burden but we can share the weight of it through prayer, practical help and encouragement.

When we do this, we honour God and so fulfill the law of Christ in loving one another just as He loved us and restored us back to himself.

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