Friday, April 7, 2017
Key Bible Verse: Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
Dig Deeper: Galatians 6:1-3
The men in my Band of Brothers [small] group know that I struggle with anxiety and sexual temptation. That knowledge, gained by hearing my story again and again, helps them discern when to support, encourage, challenge, or correct. Even when their assistance hurts, “wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy” (Prov. 27:6).
Don’t miss my phrase “again and again.” That’s a characteristic of a brother; he listens to your story, even if you’ve told it a hundred times. Additionally, if we do feel a spiritual prompting to confront a brother, Scripture teaches us to do it only with humility and gentleness (Gal. 6:1).
Once you’ve been entrusted with another man’s story, you’re able to respond with help or caution based on his revelation of himself. For example, let’s say I find out that one of my brothers is struggling with loneliness. I know, because of hearing his story, that loneliness is not just some struggle for him, it’s an all-out assault. In that moment I am able to respond in a way that shows I really understand what he’s dealing with. Hearing a man’s testimony is not a small thing—it’s holy ground; it binds your life to his as one committed to watching his back.
– Vance Brown in No Matter the Cost
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