Read: Luke 10:25-37
True Christians share each other’s burden. We are to be sensitive to the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible tells us to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31). If anyone needs help, we must be willing to help them. The good Samaritan set a good example of nursing a certain man who was attacked by dacoits. Although a priest and a Levite saw him wounded and crying out for help, they ignored his cry and continued their journey. It was the Samaritan man who was compassionate and saved the man’s life. He dressed the man’s wounds, pouring oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you” (Luke 10:25-37). The Samaritan set a very good example of bearing the burden of a stranger who was injured. He was merciful to that man. The Bible says that “Blessed are those who are merciful, for they will obtain mercy” (Matt. 5:7).
James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world”. As Christians, we must be able to carry the burden of orphans and widows and help them in their time of need. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).
Paul the apostle says, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:9-10). Are you a person who supports others when they are down and depressed?