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Week of March 7-13
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"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Galatians 6:2 NIV
This week I finished reading Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German follower of Jesus who opposed the Nazis in the 1940s. In the book, he said something that really stood out to me in a way I had never thought of before. When describing the closeness of relationship we are called to have with one another, he wrote about our prayers for one another. He suggested that we consider taking partial responsibility for a close brother or sister’s sin if we knew about the situation and failed to pray for them.
I’m part of several terrific groups of believers. I’m on the staff of the same church where I first started walking with Jesus, I am a member of a Life Group full of phenomenal people whom I want to be more like, and yet I don’t pray for them nearly as often or as fervently as I would if I thought I shared some responsibility for their lives.
I know I’m walking a fine line here. We can’t control anyone but ourselves. It’s not our job to make someone feel any certain emotion. But what if I gave more consideration to Paul’s words in Galatians 6 to “carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” I have always read that to mean that we are to be there for each other relationally and emotionally when going through hard times. But what if we love and serve one another by bearing each other’s burdens with such fervor that it’s as if we take partial responsibility for each other’s walk with God?
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