If we are called to the good work of helping people, to see them walk in freedom, how can we help without hurting others and ourselves?
What is the relation of personal responsibility (carrying one’s own load) and group care (carrying one another’s burdens)?
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In Christ we shall become neither quick to criticize, nor afraid to confront.
- See this recommended, referenced (and remarkable) resource for helping people well » “How (Other) People Change” by Josh Squires
- Recommended books:
- ReSET by David Murray | discussion guide | infographic
- When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
Family Verse (Cast Your Cares):
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.
“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” —Benjamin Franklin
“People sometimes like talking about discipleship because it sounds like you’re smuggling in morals, but really it is about walking in freedom.” —Justin Holcomb
“Holiness differs nothing from happiness but in name. Holiness is happiness in the bud, and happiness is holiness at the full. Happiness is nothing but the quintessence of holiness.”
—Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) in The Crown and Glory of Christianity: Or, Holiness, The Only Way To Happiness (1662)
“The secret is that God loves us exactly the way we are…and that he loves us too much to let us stay like this.” —Anne Lamott
“Ultimately, every problem I see in every person I know is a problem of moving too fast for too long in too many aspects of life.” —Brady Boyd
Matthew 11:25-30 (ESV)
Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.[a] 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
a. Matthew 11:26 Or for so it pleased you well
Galatians 6:1-10 (ESV)
Bear One Another's Burdens
6 Brothers,[a] 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. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
a. Galatians 6:1 Or Brothers and sisters
John 15:8-17 (ESV)
8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.Footnotes:
a. John 15:15 Or bondservants, or slaves