Day 15 // Helping Others
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. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves (Galatians 6:1-3).
When we serve and help others, we should always do so for the sake of God and his glory. We are commanded to be good and to do good to everyone. But we are never commanded to sin for anyone under any circumstances. There will never be an excuse for doing what is wrong and is displeasing to God. However, there may be times when we have to place our religious duties on hold like a good Samaritan to assist someone in distress. When this occurs, we are still pleasing and honoring God. If we are not interested in helping others, we are not interested in God. We should always reach out to help others as much as we can. If the person we are helping insists on continuing in the error of his or her ways, we are to pray for them and leave them to God.
Each of us has faults and burdens we must bear. We are commanded to bear one another’s burdens, to help one another, to console one another and to warn one another of sin. God expects us to treat each other as he treats us and to serve one another as if we were serving him. When we do, we are representing his unconditional love.
Most gracious and loving God, grant me your grace today to perfectly reflect your patience and to desire to reach out to help others. Lord, never let me think more of myself than I truly am. Never let me forsake serving or assisting a falling neighbor. May I be as merciful to them as you always are to me. And let my love for you be proven by my actions toward others. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.