Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love Welch, Edward T. cover image

Scripture often calls God’s people to help one another (1 Cor. 16:11, 2 Cor. 1:11, Phil. 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:14, etc.). One aspect of loving one another in a Christ-like way is giving others of our time, energy, and effort to help when and where help is needed. Speaking of this topic, here’s how Ed Welch talked about helping one another when the going gets tough, so to speak:

So many behaviors that we call addictions start in the wilderness – times when life seems too hard. Life is difficult, and we prefer to avoid pain. God is not giving us the deliverance we want, so we look for relief in idols. We cut, drink, turn to porn, eat, smoke, snort, inject, take pills, play video games, read fantasy – all of these reveal our modern idols.

When we are trying help one another in a situation like that, Welch notes, we ask one another questions like these:

What temptations are stalking you?

Could you pray for me on this next business trip? How about if I call you when I get to my room and we can pray for each other?

You have been in a hard place for a long time, and the longer it goes, the bigger the temptation to take matters into our own hands. With 1 Corinthians 10:13 in mind, how can I pray for those times when you face temptations?

Of course there is more to helping one another than praying for and talking to one another. But those two things – praying and talking – are very essential when we seek to love one another and help in a Christian way. For more information on this important topic, read this book: Side by Side.

The above quote is found in Edward Welch, Side By Side, p. 143.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015