Part 4 of the quiet time series that supplements the men/women midweeks on “one another” relationships: Bearing One Another’s Burdens.
We know that we are to bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ, but sometimes we don’t even try to do as much as we know. Yes, Christ has called us to love one another as he loved us, but we are often content to let our anger simmer, and our grudges smolder. We strive to form Jesus within our own hearts, but we do not always try to see Jesus in others. We often fail to see others as Jesus sees them. There are so many things in our day vying for our attention that it is very easy to shut our eyes to anything or anyone beyond what is in front of us. But Jesus has called us to love others and to bear the burdens of others, not just our own.
Consider and name what burdens you this morning?
Consider and name the burdens of those closest to you?
Today’s Scripture Reading
Galatians 6: 1-5
In this scripture, “carrying our own load,” refers to those responsibilities, troubles, and cares that we are able to, and should, carry ourselves. However, in verse 6:2 it also speaks of those burdens that we should help others to carry. This is referring to those troubles and cares that far surpass the solitary individual’s ability to handle. It is in these instances that we are commanded to step in and help to alleviate the heavy burden. When we do this, we are told, we fulfill the “Law of Christ,” that is Christ’s command to love others as ourselves.
In fellowship, find out what burdens others may need your help with. Pray for wisdom in how you might step in and help the brother or sister with that burden, and then act on what God reveals to you for the benefit of the other.
- Ryan Black