Help Yourself, To Help Others

Help Yourself, To Help Others

Her illness was terminal and he sat there watching. His thoughts raced focusing on a singular notion, “If only there was a cure I could give it to her, if only I could help.”

In the same way, many watch as those they care about become spiritually sick. They feel they can do nothing as the disease of sin consumes the soul. It is contagious and deadly. We want to help, but sometimes lack the ability. One that is spiritually blind cannot help others until they can see themselves (Luke 6:39). A parent is not able to help their child learn how to tie a shoe, eat their food, act courteously or show respect unless they themselves possess the same qualities and abilities. A Christian, likewise, cannot help others unless they themselves possess the qualities of one who is saved. Can we help those living in sin if we live in sin? For, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41).

Can we expect others to do something we will not? If we remove sin in our own life, then others will see sincerity in our actions. We are instructed to be an example and to practice what we ought “so that all may see your progress,” (1 Timothy 4:12-15). Otherwise, by not taking the “beam” out of your eye you are a hypocrite, unable to help those you claim to love and cherish. If we are separated from God due to our sin (Isa. 59:1ff), how can we help someone else who is separated from God? If we will not take the cure ourselves, others will not want to take it either.

“First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye,” (Luke 6:42). One prevents themselves from helping others by leaving sin unattended, failing to increase their faith. Such a person is described as being “blind, and cannot see afar off,” (2 Peter 1:9). Knowing our own spiritual condition and improving it enables us to “you will save both yourself and your hearers,” (1 Timothy 4:16). How valuable is the eternal soul? How valuable are the souls of those we love? Christ died for our soul and for theirs (Romans 5:8). He is the vaccine! Can we distinguish between right and wrong to help others? (Hebrews. 5:14). Do we know God’s word well enough to prevent sin? (Psalm 119:11).

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Can we help rescue people plagued with sin? When we see others spiritually perishing before our eyes, we need to make sure we can do something about it. Help yourself, that you may help others also. With sin there is a cure and you can help.

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