February 17, 2014 | by: 0 Comments|
As a church we have covenanted (promised) to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows. Usually when we’re thinking through the implications of that promise, we think of how we have the privilege and responsibility to walk alongside those who are downcast or struggling. While that is most certainly true, we also need to keep in mind another aspect of that promise in our church’s covenant – this promise is an inducement, an encouragement to share our burdens and sorrows. You see, when we audibly renew our covenant together, we are hearing our brothers and sisters say to us that they are ready and willing to hear and help us bear our burdens and sorrows. Usually we keep our burdens and sorrows to ourselves because we don’t want to burden others, but this particular promise in our church’s covenant presumes that we will share our burdens and sorrows with our brothers and sisters.
This promise and the regular reaffirmation of this promise guards us from assuming that our brothers and sisters don’t want to bear our burdens and sorrows. Don’t rob your brothers and sisters of the privilege of walking with you in difficulty. As much as this promise reminds us that we need to be ready to serve, it also reminds us that we need to be ready to share. It is my prayer that the Lord would be pleased to increasingly use us in each other’s lives as we walk through seasons of difficulty and delight together.
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