"Bear one another's burdens, and thereby
fulfill the law of Christ.
The friend that faithfully pleads
before God for your needs is a true friend.
It is an invaluable proof of their love,
not only for you,
but for God.
Those who share your
and mourn with you when you mourn
are more likely to forgive your faults
and restore you into their fellowship
when no one else will.
How about you?
Are you bearing burdens that are not your own?
Are you sincere in caring
for those who are hurting?
Do you pray for those who are in pain?
How about those who have such great faults
that they are not befriended by anyone?
Would you consider befriending them?
God's Word tells us to
pray for those who are in prison.
Remember those who in prison,
as if you were their fellow prisoner;
and those who are ill-treated,
since you also are
liable to bodily sufferings.
I have two friends that are in prison
that I write to
every few weeks.
What a blessing they are to me,
and have been for over 7 years now.
It is a great day for me when I take one of their letters out of our mailbox.
They think I am ministering to them.
Actually, they are ministering to me.
Father, help me to care for others
and be a true friend
to those you bring along my pathway.
Help me to carry their burdens
when their load
often seems too burdensome for them to bear. Help me to consider their pain
and pray for them diligently
as if I were the one
experiencing the overwhelming hurt and pain. Amen