Believers and churches like everyone else and every other organization have problems and challenges. Some Christians are Polly anna – they deny the problems. Such people will not face issues squarely. When someone mentions a problem they may say, “Just pray about it,” which is excellent advice, but it can come across as James writes, “be warmed and filled,” not doing anything to help.
I remember years ago a man I consider a mentor mentioned an issue I hadn’t known about. I asked him what I should do about it. He had no answer. I felt irritated. Why bring up something out of my control, something for me to be very concerned about, but have no solution.
Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Now there are issues we can only deal with ourselves (Galatians 6:5), there are times when we can help and assist. This fulfills the law of Christ. It’s the law of true, godly love.
The next time someone presents a problem to you, remember Galatians 6:2. We may be presented with a way to fulfill Christ’s law.
Ashton C. “AC” Smith