Helping Others: An Essential Christian Attitude


“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Galatians 6:2-3

 

The law of Christ is love. It is how God operates: in love. The Bible says, the world will know that we are Jesus’ disciples, when we have love, one to another.

 

In Galatians 6:2-3, we are commanded to bear one another’s burdens, in other words, to help each other. We do this in humility, even in suffering, for the sake of the Gospel and the truth of Christ. We should not think proudly of ourselves, because there lies the danger of losing sight on God and the temptation of getting the glory instead of giving it to God alone. So what better way to remove our focus and attention from ourselves than to help others?

 

Think today. What should we do that can lighten other people’s loads? We can give a smile, an encouraging word, share the love of Jesus through random acts of kindness, and even not adding to someone else’s burdens. Let us not be among those who, aside from not helping at all, but actually adding to the struggles of others by bullying, oppression, aggression, and pessimism. That is absolutely not in the Spirit of Christ, but the enemy’s.

 

Let us ask ourselves. Who can I help today? How can I be a blessing? How can I bear a friend’s burdens?

 

When we live each day having this in mind, I’m sure it will be a more pleasant world. We will be, not only more amiable, but also more joyful, optimistic, and productive.

 

Help us, dear Father, to be humble and to focus on You instead of ourselves. Correct us for our selfishness and being too focused on our own comforts. Teach us to help and love others with a clean heart. Amen.

 

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