Galatians 6:1-5 – “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.” NKJV
No I ‘m not talking about the song by The Hollies but a biblical principle of caring for each other. The song says, “The road is long with many a winding turn that leads us to who know where who knows when but I’m strong enough to carry him He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”
Most who have preached, taught or studied matters of faith and read various and sundry writings remember the story of Sandhu Sundar Singh and a traveling companion were traveling through a high and rugged pass in the Himalayan Mountains they found a body lying in the snow. Sandhu Sundar Singh could not tolerate the thought of leaving the man behind even at the objection of his traveling companion. His companion left him there to care for the man and with incredible difficulty Singh lifted the man onto his back and the heat of his own body gradually warmed the freezing man to the point he revived. After a time they were both able to walk and found Singh’s companion frozen in the snow. He was willing to lose his life to save another and in the process found his life and the life of the unfortunate man. His traveling companion focused on self-preservation, was unwilling to risk losing his life to help another and lost his.
This reminds me of the question of Jesus, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” He answered that saying, “…whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister and mother.” In Luke 10:29 Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Our Lord related the story, account or parable of the Good Samaritan indicating that the person in genuine need is our neighbor and Psalm 19:17 teaches that if we “…give to the poor we lend to the Lord…” The Psalm reminds us that God never forgets our acts of kindness, generosity or mercy. I find it incredibly powerful that the Psalmist would use a word translated LEND. We do not obligate God but He obligates Himself to remember!
In today’s world there are many worthy causes and needy people. The Bible makes it clear that a truly needy person is never to be ignored by those able to lend a hand. It also makes it abundantly clear that a person who may be destitute but lazy and unwilling to work is not to receive that help. Some call me heartless when I say that but if a person adopts a lifestyle of slothfulness and preys upon the kindheartedness of others they are to be allowed to suffer in their plight. In the case where a person would work if they could I will be at the head of the line offering assistance whenever my means make it possible. I would never punish children who are not capable of fending for themselves for the dolefulness of parents or caretakers but I would also want to insure the doleful adult receives no benefit for the care of the child. I believe that is biblical.
So, that person truly in need is not heavy, he/she is my brother/sister and I want to reach out and help. I want to provide a hand up not just a hand out. I want to present and manifest to them the love, character and nature of my loving LORD.
May God be with you as you go through this day!