Do Life - Part 5

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, as we think about this day, when you took on all the punishment for all our sins past, present, and future, help us to study this Scripture in a way that will guide us to keep each other accountable in our Christian walk.

 

Read: Galatians 6:1-2 NIV

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

 

Reflect: 

On this day when we remember Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, help us apply this Scripture to our lives.  We need to ask ourselves how can we reach out and gently draw someone back from the pit of sin and help with the burdens the person carries.

Several years ago, in another town, our small group had the opportunity to put this passage into practice.  We had two young single men in our group.  Actually one, Ted (names used here are fictitious), was brought into our group by the other single young man, Tom.  Both were men of the Word but Ted had had a moral failure which we didn’t know about when he joined the group. (This wouldn’t have kept him out.)  After he became comfortable with the group, Tom convinced Ted he needed to share his situation with the group.  He told us that he had a young son as a result of giving into temptation.

It was very evident that Ted was remorseful for what happened.  He was definitely hurting when he told us the situation and how he was handling it.  The baby’s mother was not interested in marriage but Ted, with integrity, agreed that he would support and be part of the child’s life (which he has honored to this day).  Our group surrounded him with love and prayed for him that evening.  Ted stayed with the group for several years and eventually married a single young lady who was also in the group.  They are a strong, Christian married couple today partly because the small group followed the principles outlined in the above Scripture and helped carry his burdens at a very tough time in his life. 

 

Apply: 

Every home team or small group has individuals who are hurting because of difficult events in their lives.  The group needs to have a loving, caring atmosphere so that these hurting individuals can share their burdens with the group without fear of judgment.  The home team/small group needs to examine itself and see if it is nurturing this type of atmosphere.  You as an individual need to assess yourself to see if you have the caring, comforting personality that helps people feel they have someone to help carry their burdens.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, thank You for being willing to carry all our sins to the cross.  Help us to follow Your example by being ready and willing to help carry the burdens of others as we walk together with You.  In Your name, Amen.

Terry Schneider