Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
I remember the 'kids' camp song, "cast your burdens" perhaps you know it but it's basically a repeated refrain of the words, "Cast you burdens onto Jesus, for he cares for you".
The way we care for and support each other in community is one of the ways we show the love of Jesus to the world. But how can we care effectively for each other if we are not open to sharing with each other the struggles, trials and disappointments that life throws at us. We live in a world that is increasingly obsessed with projecting only the positive parts of our lives and increasingly seems to encourage us to keep the bad parts hidden. But despite what Facebook, Instagram and TikTok might be showing you the data suggests a different reality.
Various studies suggest that approximately 20% of the adult population in Australia has or will suffer from a stress or anxiety disorder in their lifetime. And about 16% of Australian adult experiences feelings of acute loneliness which impacts negatively on both their mental and physical health. How do we know if we can not create a safe and welcoming place where people can openly share the reality of their life without fear of judgement? How can we offer the help and comfort of Jesus when we have no Idea where that help is needed most.
Let's be a place where people can openly share their burdens and in doing so, encounter the non judgemental love and grace of Jesus.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, sometimes it is difficult not to judge when I encounter people who are different and see things differently from myself. Please help me to see others the way you see them. Help me to care and to listen and to respond with your love. Amen
Today's devotion written by Mathew von Stanke, LifeWay Newcastle