OK. Here’s the situation. I just typed 300 words on this post and Jesus told me to hold up. Hopefully, you were able to read Alex’s post from last Thursday. What he did was cool. And true. Rough days. They hit us all. What Alex displayed was a picture of reality. For us as Christians. And us as humans. Life hits hard. Life hits fast. But we must remember that Jesus is our refuge and our hope.
I work with kids all day. It’s high stress. I have to keep 80+ kids safe everyday. I struggle with sin. I struggle inwardly. Anxiety. Depression. Confusion. If you are a believer: do not assume because you are so that you cannot be weak. Don’t believe that pain, heartache, confusion, etc. shouldn’t be something we experience. If you are not someone who believes in Jesus: do not assume ‘Christians’ have everything together. We hurt. We struggle. We seek healing in the wrong things.
Check out this passage:
“Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
Community. Funny show. Better life plan. I am an introvert. I would rather be with fewer people than a large group. I don’t like talking about my problems. I try to solve mine on my own. Being weak is my own fault. But this isn’t reality. Galatians 6 talks about living in community. Doing life together. This is one of the beautiful things about the church. Restore each other. Carry each other’s burdens. We aren’t expecting to do life perfect. What we are expecting to do is live a life pleasing and glorifying to God.
Like I said, individually we struggle. I struggle with things you may never have a problem with. You may struggle with things I’ll never have a problem with. “That’s uplifting.” Hear me out. This is where I am called to help you, and you are called to help me. Sometimes we struggle with the same things. If we both struggle with a similar sin, we can have a better understanding for each other. As someone who doesn’t struggle with something someone else does, you/I can be there to restore that person. To love them. Help carry their weight. James 5:16 instructs us to confess our sins and troubles to one another.We confess these to allow others to understand and help. We confess to release the power of sin over our lives.
1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us. Not only must we confess to each other, but to our Creator. Confession to God is a key in living as a believer and placing our lives in His hands. Confession to others is key in living our lives in community. I beg you, if you do not have a group of people you can open up to and do life with, FIND ONE. If you have a group, church, whatever and feel that you cannot do so, FIND A DIFFERENT ONE. I have no claim of being perfect. I do not understand everything, or have even half of the answers to life and following Jesus. Have faith that Jesus has allowed us to help each other.
As the great Troy Bolton and friends said, “We’re all in this together.” I may not know you but I love you. Want more from me on this? Or a question? Holler at me.
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