One Anothers. It means, as Christ-Followers, we are individual strands that come together to form a strong rope. A rope that is able to bear heavy loads. Which is a good thing since, among other things, we are also called to bear one another’s burdens.
Let’s be candid here. There are some people whom you can, in kindness, take on their burden.
The problem is, when you do, they suddenly have more burdens for you to take on. Before you know it, you find yourself being taken advantage of. Sometimes, the remedy for this is a two-letter word, spelled N. O. It is pronounced, “No!”
Nonetheless, when appropriate, the unenviable task assigned to us is that we are to bear One Another’s burdens. It is actually a command and not a mere suggestion.
“Brothers, 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. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1-2)
The word translated from Greek to English as, “restore,” can mean a few things. But none of the meanings has anything to do with judging harshly. Instead, It is used to express the need to repair something that has been broken. It can be used to mean the resetting of a broken bone.
As One Anothers, we are called to help to bear and restore. It may mean that you are called to be instrumental in resetting a broken bone. Quite often, that bone is the heart. And we are called to do it with gentleness.
One more thing, while you are helping to comfort and restore another brother or sister, be careful, lest you also be tempted by the same temptation that broke their spirit or caused them to fall. Bear and restore with gentleness, but also do it with wisdom, while guarding your own heart.
Just some thoughts to bear in mind. From the Heart and Mind of Victor.