Help Others In The New Year

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.

Galatians 6:1-3

I enjoy this part of the year because we can start to look forward to the New Year.  The New Year is an interesting time in which we can look back at the blessing, the triumphs and failures, the challenges, and the twists and turns from the past year.  But, at the same time, we can look forward to the next year.  No matter how good our previous year was, we can always be better!  In the next few days, we will look at some verses related to the New Year.

There are many “resolutions” that we could make in the new year.  Usually, those resolutions center on ourselves and on our physical lives – losing weight, eating healthier, saving money, etc.  Sometimes they even center on our spiritual lives – reading the Bible through, praying more, telling people about the Lord, etc.  But we might also consider a resolution dealing with how we treat others.

This passage tells us to help each other.  When we see that a brother or sister has fallen, we need to help them up.  Too often, we tend to get puffed up and we tend to look down on those who have stumbled or are stumbling.  But the Bible tells us to help each other and it tells us to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think.  We are nothing without the grace and mercy of God.  We need to show that grace and mercy to others and that is something that we can all work on in the new year!

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