Galatians 6:2 NASB
Bear one another’s burdens,
and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
If a company of travellers were journeying towards the same place, some heavily, and others more lightly laden, they could render the way less tedious and endear themselves to each other by mutual assistance, in bearing their burdens.
- We are to do this, first with regard to the spiritual trials and difficulties of our brethren.
- In the second place, the command of our text should be especially heeded in the family relation.
- It is a rule, also, very applicable to Christian Churches.
A poor woman was reduced to extreme poverty by the loss of her cow, her only means of support.
A neighbour, who was unable to give aid, personally went round to different friends to solicit money to buy another one.
He went from one to another, and told the pitiful tale.
Each offered sorrow and regret, but none practical assistance.
He became impatient after being answered as usual by a plentiful shower of feeling, and exclaimed, “Oh, yes, I don’t doubt your feeling; but you don’t feel in the right place.”
“Oh!” said he, “I feel with all my heart and soul.”
“Yes, yes,” replied the solicitor, “I don’t doubt that either; but I want you to feel in your pocket.”
This word appears to be so clear,
and yet it is understood by so few,
at least practiced by so few.
- One hides behind the reasoning that one does not want to meddle in other people’s affairs.
- One has no time in his busy life, to do something for others.
- People have so often misplaced their pity and have been deceived.
But we have a High Priest who has borne our burdens.
Not just our sins on the cross!
He has entered into our needs, into our troubles and struggles,
He has understood our suffering in such a way that He can bear everything with us, He can suffer with us.
His whole life has been a putting himself in the place of a suffering humanity.
That’s how He wants our life to be too.
Do not live for ourselves only, but with, and therefore, for others.
If we do understand it, then we can do nothing for our neighbor, help him, comfort him, refresh him, if he does not feel that we suffer with him, and sympathize with him.
Then we also carry the burdens with him.
Also in our environment, in the circle of our acquaintances, there are many burden bearers.
Let us ask that the Christ pour out His love into our hearts, that we may learn to bear with them!
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