'Carry each other's burdens, and...you will fulfil the law of Christ.' Galatians 6:2 NIV
Everyone we meet is struggling with something. If someone is reacting badly, cold or angrily, it might be because they're going through a really hard time. Maybe someone has hurt them, or they're feeling lost in life, or they're hiding a sin they can't break free from. When we realise this, it makes it easier to have compassion for others.
When people react badly, it can be tempting to become upset, or even give up on them. But that's not what Jesus did. Jesus saw the best in people and went out of his way to be gracious to them and remove their burdens. When a man with a skin disease came to him, he was met with compassion. Other people would have refused to go near the man, because the law at the time forced those with leprosy to live alone (see Leviticus 13). But Jesus, 'moved with compassion,...reached out and touched him...instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed' (Mark 1:41-42 NLT).
The Bible says: 'Carry each other's burdens, and...you will fulfil the law of Christ' (Galatians 6:2 NIV). This doesn't mean we need to fix people's situations for them; it means we help where we can and carry their burdens to the arms of our Father - he is the ultimate burden-lifter.
So what now? Simply reminding someone you're praying for them, or giving them a hug, or offering to listen to their story is sometimes all someone needs to ease their troubles. You might be the only person they encounter today who has compassion for them. Be a burden-lifter.
Soulfood: Isa 34-37, Matt 12:1-14, Ps 107:33-43, Pro 3:27-28