Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
If you saw someone struggling with a huge box, trying to carry it to the car, you would probably offer to assist. You’d feel silly not helping, especially if you were just standing there empty-handed. It seems the natural thing to do.
In the spiritual realm, however, helping each other bear emotional burdens gets a little more complicated. How do you know someone needs help? Should you help? Are you capable? Will you only make things worse? Are you intruding on the individual’s personal life? What if he doesn’t ask?
There is also the possibility of feeling that you are “getting in over your head.” The person’s difficulties may require counseling or long-term aid that you’re simply not qualified or able to give. The fear of an awkward situation keeps many from getting involved.
The Bible makes it clear that as believers, WE ARE TO HELP EACH OTHER ALONG, however we can, in the power of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom He provides. But there are are no guidelines about what that looks like specifically in every circumstance.
What you must remember as you approach a hurting person is that God knows the real need, and He will guide you in your efforts to reach out. You will grow as you see God using you to meet a need, and the recipient will be blessed as well. And remember, someday you will be on the receiving end.
Dear Father, grant me the ability to approach hurting people and reach out to them. Use me to meet the needs of others.