“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2, NIV
Everyone knows that life can be extremely difficult at times. As Christians, it is important for us to support each other as we navigate through hardships. Galatians 6 encourages us to carry each other’s burdens. Rather than going through life alone, we should have people we can rely on to be there for us and encourage us to grow in our faith.
In the Highs and Lows
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” — 1 John 3:17-18, NIV
Showing love toward others is a command in the Bible. In the highs and lows, we can support one another through our actions. Each day we can chose to act in ways that reflect God’s love and live out Christ’s calling in our lives.
Being there for someone in the good and bad in life involves more than words; 1 John encourages us to love with actions and truth. Loving with actions looks different in every situation and the Holy Spirit may lead differently in each, but some common ways we can show love to someone who is struggling include:
- Taking the time to pray with them
- Offering our help or services during times of need
- Being a willing listener
- Pointing toward biblical wisdom
- Providing a welcoming and safe circle
Have the Same Mindset as Christ Jesus
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” — Philippians 2:5-8, NIV
In the '90s, the phrase "What would Jesus Do?" became popular; this raised reflection regarding how we should love one another. Philippians 2:5 says, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (NIV). This means as we are interacting with others and living our lives, we should strive to be more like Jesus and follow his example.
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