‘Someone to Help Us Carry the Load’


Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

No one is strong all of the time. Every believer has their days when he or she is weak spiritually and need the support of others. At such times, those who are strong must help bear the burdens of those who are weak. What can we do to help lessen the load?

First of all, we must remember that our greatest means of helping others is our prayers for them. A fellow believer, who has genuine care and concern for others, can accomplish much through heartfelt intercession. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” (Philippians 1:19 NLT) The church at Philippi prayed for Paul and knowing that encouraged him.

Secondly, we can also help bear another’s burdens in some very practical ways. Running an errand, fulfilling an obligation, or a financial love gift can sometimes do wonders to help lighten the load. Though such practical things might not solve the entire problem, they can help alleviate some of the pressure. Again, we look at what Paul wrote to the Philippians concerning their support. “As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once.” (Philippians 4:15-16 NLT) The Philippians supported Paul practically through their monetary support and because of this, he was able to continue his ministry.

Thirdly, sometimes just our presence can be all another person needs. At such times we don’t have to be a counselor or a doctor. All we need to be is just a good friend. Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes, Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT) Life becomes so much easier when we know there is someone there with us.

Though there are many things we can do to serve Christ, perhaps one of the greatest is supporting and encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ. God bless you as you care for the body of Christ.

* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.

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