Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens
Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2 calls us to bear one another’s burdens; to truly hurt with those that are hurting.
Psalm 43:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
We live in a broken world, with broken people. But we, as Christians, know the truth of Jesus and the restoration He offers.
When we allow ourselves to feel vulnerable and open about our hurt for others, we find it is that very hurt that fuels our faith in God. When we feel the weight of the world’s brokenness, we must pair it with the Hope and Joy we have in Jesus!
The Body of Christ is powerful. It is designed to carry burdens of this world. When you find yourself feeling the weight of sin, feeling overcome, share it with the church – the Body of Christ.
As the Body of Christ, we will pray, for the broken, the hurting and the lost. We will bear the burdens of others; and while doing so, we can praise Jesus and thank Him for the love and peace He gives. We are called to bear one another’s burdens – but we are not to do it alone.
The word “Burden” means – “a weight of personal and eternal significance.”
As Christians, we are to come alongside a struggling sister or brother and help shoulder or carry the weight that threatens to pull them down.
Jesus Carrying His Cross
Simon of Cyrene helped His with that “burden.” Oh, what a picture. Jesus, Jesus – couldn’t bear that load – He needed someone to help Him “bear” that weight, that “burden” for Him.
Although, one cannot assume the whole load, the help allows the one struggling to “keep on keeping on.”
Romans 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
II Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
These verses here show us that we are each responsible before God for the gifts He has entrusted us with. We can all certainly listen, it is nothing to sit and listen, cry with, share with a hurting sister or brother.
- As Christians, share with a hurting Christians.
- As Christians, it’s a “gift” to be able to sit with another hurting Christian and “bear” or share the load.
When a load becomes too heavy to bear, we are called to “bear ye one another’s burdens”!
The added strength and encouragement of others is often the difference between “pressing on” and “giving up.”
We watch people we love hurt, undergo circumstances that we cannot explain. We witness friends, loved ones, even strangers, live a life without ever knowing the love of Christ – so heartbreaking. We ask ourselves, “how do we find the balance between being brokenhearted for the brokenhearted, all while living and rejoicing in who Jesus is? What He has done for us and will continue to do for us.
Colossians 3:1 commands us to “seek those things which are above,” II Corinthians 4:18 says, “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen…” Friends, do not allow the burdens of this life to divert our hearts from Heaven. When we all work together on this, when we help fellow Believers carry the weight of their worldly troubles; helping others ought to consume every Christian.
Galatians 5:14 says, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Every act of compassion and self-sacrifice displays the love of Christ and fulfills the demands of His law. When we faithfully “bear one another’s burdens our own burdens won’t seem so heavy. You will find it is easier to keep your focus on Heaven.