The Ministry of Burdens: Part Five

August 20, 2010

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:1-2).

To bear the burdens of a brother or sister in the Lord means:

  1. Our brother or sister may become a burden to us.
  2. We must embrace another’s freedom to be themselves.
  3. We must bear the sin of another, which is often the abuse of their freedom.
  4. We must suffer the sins of another without judging.

Finally, to bear another’s burden means we should confront sin with the Word of God, not with our personal disappointment. Ultimately, we must remember that the one who has sinned has done so against God and his holiness. Yes, we may have been hurt in the process, but the most pressing issue is their need for reconciliation with God. Take them to the cross and the cross alone.

There is no eternal profit in shaming or heaping guilt upon their head in your personal disappointment. Sure, this may make you feel better, but this rarely leads to biblical reconciliation and healing. There is very little wisdom in using your personal disappointment as the motivation to confront sin. In fact, as we learn in Proverbs, when words are many, sin is rarely absent (Proverbs 10:19). When we confront others motivated purely by our disappointment, we fail to speak with our brother or sister’s best interest in mind. Word motivated by our emotions that are not guarded or informed by Scripture can often cause deeper wounds than the original offense.

There is one who rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18).

We restore our brother by bringing him to the cross with the ministry of the Word.

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