Have you ever tried to pick something up that was too heavy for you? You may have been able to pick it up after straining a lot, which ends in pulled muscles and a miserable feeling body for a few days. Maybe you were able to carry it for a little distance but then it got to be too much and you dropped it. My boys are always eager to show off how big their muscles are and how strong they are. I have to admit sometimes it is entertaining to watch them try. But it got me to thinking about the struggle of sin in our life. Is there something(s) in your life that want to get rid of, you confess it, you think you have repented of it, but then your next prayer time starts as follows, “Lord, I’m sorry for doing this again?” I think in a moment of honesty we would all agree that we have a habit in our life. But why can’t we get rid of it? There can be several reasons. The first is maybe we are praying for God to take it away, but we don’t really want Him to take it away. 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us, “. . .the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” God knows out true heart and feelings on an issue and so if we are not genuine in wanting to be delivered from this habit, God is not going to bring deliverance. There are a few other possibilities as to why we continue to struggle with the same sinful habit. However, it generally comes down to accountability. Accountability is something many of us say we want, but then we get upset when someone holds us accountable. Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Without fully breaking down this verse we learn some important truths. First of all, when we get “overtaken” in a sin (the sinful habit we keep asking forgiveness for) it is a sign that we can’t handle this by our self. Secondly we learn that we need to find someone who is spiritual ( a maturing Christian) to share this problem with and ask for help before the weight of the sinful habit crushes us. Next we see that the person who is holding you accountable must realize that they are just as susceptible to falling into sin (considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted). It is so easy to feel as though we can judge a person because they struggle with something we don’t, but we must remember we are sinners just like they are. The beginning of verse 2 says that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.” In other words we are to come along side of them and take on this struggle with them. This speaks of praying with them and for them over this sinful habit. And finally, when we do that we are fulfilling the Law of Christ. What is the Law of Christ? The law of Christ is that we love one another. John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” When we come alongside a brother or sister who is struggling with sin, we are showing the world that we belong to Christ. The world may stand back and condemn the person, but as Christians we are to have compassion on them (without condoning the sinful behavior) just as Jesus had and has compassion on us and our struggles.
By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him