"Holding One Another Accountable & Helping with Burdens"

"Holding One Another Accountable & Helping with Burdens"

Scripture: Galatians 6:1-10
1 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. 2 Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. 5 For each person will have to carry his own load. 6 The one who is taught the message must share all his good things with the teacher. 7 Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have the opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

Question to Answer:
How do we get to the point that we can call someone’s sin out the right way, or that we feel we are fully supported by another Christian?

What does the Text Say?
By being accountable to one another, and by pouring into people around you. One thing that we struggle with as Christians is accountability with one another. Through accountability, we learn how to help one another, and how to best do life together. One of the greatest things someone can have in their life is other Christians supporting them through their life. Through prayer, reading scripture together, and fellowship. We read in Galatians chapter 6 that one of the best ways to protect yourself is to evaluate your own sin and struggles. Having someone close to you in life that can call out your struggles in a loving way is helpful since we often are biased to our own sins. We see in verse 2 that the way we fulfill the law of Christ is by supporting one another, and by restoring a Christian who has fallen short.

Understand Your Sin, and the Consequences that it Has:
It is no secret that even though we are Christians, we are not perfect. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” All have sinned, and despite our efforts, man will continue to sin. We are called to live as Christ lives, and to strive to show his love, but as sinful humans, we cannot reach perfection. The wages of sin is death, and without Christ, your sin would eternally separate from fellowship with the father. When we understand our sin, we can better confront someone else’s knowing that we too have fallen short which causes us to be more humble. Verse 4 tells us that through the humbling act of examining our own sin, we are not only humbled but reminded of the fact of what Christ has done in our lives.

Invest in Good Christian Relationships:
In verses 7 through 9, Paul is calling for Christians to be mindful of what they are doing as there are consequences for their actions. The best way to make sure you are sewing well is to have someone in your life that will call you out for your sins and help to build you and restore you after you fall short. Accountability pushes us to look at possible consequences before they happen and often keeps us from sinning because we know another might see it.

The takeaway from the Text:
Invest in good relationships this week, and open yourself to others holding you accountable, pray that God will move in your heart, and show you how you can better point others to him.