Friday, 7 June 2013
BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS
The Bible encourages us to do this, ( Galatians 6:2 "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."), but I sometimes wonder if it's possible to do that in today's world without incurring trouble.
Not that I don't like/wish to lend a helping hand to people in difficulty, but I've found out that your acts of goodwill can sometimes blow up in your face!
I have a friend who had fertility issues. I know this is a sensitive subject for most people, so I wasn't sure whether to talk to her about, or just leave things as they were. I felt I wouldn't be fulfilling my role as a good friend if I ignored the issue, but on the other hand I didn't want to meddle.
In the end I did bring it up and I'm glad I did! It was if she had been looking for a sounding board and we had a long discussion, with me giving her all the advice I knew to give and promising to keep praying for her. Thankfully, she did go on to have children.
It doesn't always work out this well. Infact I've been burned a few times. This has led me to shy away from inquiring into people's problems. Indeed I don't know if, today, I would be as keen to speak to my friend about her situation.
My policy is to wait for a signal, some kind of indication to show that someone actually wants my help. It's best if they actually speak to me about it, aha...then I feel I've been given permission to step in.
The best policy, however, is to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. We'll be less likely to put a foot wrong then.
What do you think?