LEAN ON EACH OTHER
As we are all children of God through our faith in the Lord Jesus, God commanded us to love one another, which is the law of Christ (Galatians 5:14). In 1 John 4:7-8, it says, "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
How can we love one another? The answer is in the first part of the verse. We need to carry each other's burdens. It means that we have to help each other to deal with our problems and difficulties. When we belong to the family of God, we do not need to deal with our struggles alone. We have each other to carry each other's burdens. When I was still in the Philippines as a missionary, we had a typhoon that swept through our area. The fierce wind and rain uprooted many trees, including the mango trees. But one thing that caught my eyes was that the bamboos survived altogether. I realized then that the reason the bamboos survived was that they were able to lean on each other. They were standing so close to each other that they were able to carry each other's burdens.
God's desire for us as His children is to lean on each other like the bamboos. When the storms of life come into our lives, we need to rely on each other. It is easy to hide our struggles from each other, but that is not the way God wants us to handle our struggles because we cannot stand on our own. We need each other to make it through this life. So if we are struggling with something, we need to reach out to God first, then we need to reach out to each other—someone we trust.
Ask yourself these questions: Why do I need to love others as a child of God? What should I do if I am struggling or have a difficult problem? Why do I need to reach out to others when I am struggling?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you that I belong to your family. Thank you that I am not alone. Please help me to love others and not be afraid or shy to reach out to others if I am struggling. May you also use my life to help those who are struggling. Please help me with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.