Daily Devotion

Taking Other People’s Burdens

Our human hearts are sincerely touched by the needs and challenges of others around us. We see poverty, disease and lack every day. We honestly want to make a difference and we should. But there are times we take on burdens we shouldn’t be carrying. Let’s help where we can without getting into trouble and sinking ourselves. Jesus boldly said “the poor you will have always”. So you really can’t meet every need out there. It’s a bad financial habit to try carrying other people’s burdens. You are not Jesus. There is no point bankrupting yourself in an effort to help others because the situation will only get worse.
I encountered someone that lived in a modest rented house, while taking on the responsibility of paying rent for another two households. They struggled to keep up with their bills and yet took on more financial responsibility. The provision they had was not supposed to carry other people’s burdens. So you can imagine the stress of having to make two other households happy. They had been manipulated into this obligation they couldn’t afford. It is a bad financial habit. Bless others within your limits and don’t carry other people’s burdens. Pray for them, encourage them and help them find a job. If they worked as hard as you do, they wouldn’t need to be bailed out every week. God is not unjust to bless you while refusing to bless others. The point is, you are applying the good principles they are rejecting.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. 

Dear God, You are the greatest giver off all. Grant me the grace to give and be a blessing like You. May I have the discernment to bless and not cripple. May I have the courage to say no when I have to and the gentleness to say yes when I must. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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