Galatians 6:2English Standard Version (ESV) 2 Bear one another’s burdens…
Today as I was preparing for a party in our home in a few days, I realized that I was fretting that everything has to be “perfect.” It was like the Lord was saying to me, “Can you leave one thing ‘undone’ just to show others that you are not perfect?” Wow…what a concept!
The sin of acting “perfect” when I am not is one that I have learned in the Church. Face it…most of us put on our “Sunday best” both physically and spiritually when we go to church. Perhaps we have shared with someone who didn’t care much to “bear” our burden with us and so we have learned to “bear” our burdens alone. Perhaps we have been hurt and that has caused us to pull back from being transparent. Whatever the case, I believe that the Lord wants us to walk with others and to bear each other’s burdens.
At a recent retreat, I felt the Holy Spirit wanted me to share about something in my life that is very painful. I wasn’t quite sure why He would lead me that way until someone approached me after the retreat and shared that they are going through the same trial. Both of us admitted that the Church is not always the safest place to share our burdens. But I can guarantee that there is someone sitting next to you in church who is just as lonely and broken as you are.
I challenge you to find a few to share your life with…both the good and the bad. As God’s children, we were created to live in community with God and our brothers and sisters. So let’s “bear one another’s burdens.”
PRAYER: Lord, it is hard to be transparent because we live in a broken world. Help us to walk by Your Spirit and to “bear one another’s burdens.” Help us to see that one in our path today who needs Your touch and help us to be Jesus to them.