In the past few weeks I’ve been reaching out to and helping some friends who are going through some difficult challenges in their lives. To be honest, a lot of the difficulties they’ve been going through have been self-inflicted choices. Those are some of hardest to have compassion for. Yet, I feel compelled to help because I’ve been there myself. (This may come as a surprise to you, but I’ve made quite a few mistakes in my life.)
In those times of failure you feel so alone and depleted inside. Where would we be without God’s grace? Where would we be without each other? It’s in our times of failure that we need the love and acceptance of friends the most.
Listen to God’s heartbeat on this subject…
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. (Gal. 6:2-3)
When friends fail, we need to share their burden with them in a loving response, which is fulfilling the law of Christ. This is not a selfish love, but the kind of that is given in the same way we need loved. In times of failure, it’s easy to throw stones, it takes work to love. Yet, think kind of love is the salve that helps restore a sinner’s heart. In verse 3 we are reminded that we are not as great as we think we are. When that day comes and you are flat on your face, and it’s self-inflicted, how do you want those closest to you to respond? Respond that way!