Carry One Another’s Burdens
The RESTORATION of RELATIONSHIPS
Marriages, companies, schools, and churches are made up of flawed people who will all eventually sin. When people sin, we should always keep close to us the heart of God, which is to perfectly balance truth and love. What does that look like?
- When we confront sin, our goal should always be restoration.
The HARVEST of RESTORATION
What should we do when we someone we love is in a pit and cannot seem to get out on their own? How should we approach them? God gives us three qualities we need to develop in order to help someone find freedom from sin and God also gives us a promise to live by as we confront our spouse, friend, child, or co-worker.
- Examine your heart so that you’re in step with the Spirit.
- Speak gentle words to encourage repentance.
- Lift them out of the pit into freedom.
- Continue to do good and you will see a harvest.
Study and Discussion Questions
1. What is the hardest aspect of confronting a person’s sin? Is it making sure your heart is right so that you don’t condemn them too quickly? Or, are you too harsh when speaking truth? Or, do you flee from them instead of being dedicated to helping them out of their sin? Discuss.
2. Read these passages about how important it is to examine ourselves before we confront anyone (Job 13:23; Lam. 3:40; Haggai 1:5-7; 1 Cor. 11:27-31; 2 Cor. 13:5; Mt. 7:5). Why must we honestly and continually look into our hearts? Why is it so important for us to confess our own sin to God?
3. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9. Biblically speaking, gentleness is exhibiting controlled strength. What does that look like? How can the words speak be “strong” and yet “life giving” at the same time? Does it mean that we should take more time to think before we speak?
4. What does Peter imply when he states: “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8)? Could this be the same picture as carrying someone’s burden of sin?
Applying the Word to Life
5. Is the Holy Spirit urging you to confront someone about something? What will you do in order to make sure your goal is complete restoration?
6. Are you weary of doing good? Are you ready to throw in the towel because you are wondering if the struggle is worth it in a particular relationship? Remind yourself this week that you will see a harvest someday. Take time to think about the good that has already come and give thanks to God.