2018-05-25 / Chaplain's News

Bearing one another’s burdens

Chaplain (Maj.) Matthew Sprecher
Fort Gordon Family Life Chaplain

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (English Standard Version)

As we read this passage of scripture we are reminded of the truth that people all around us are dealing with burdens and problems on a daily basis. As a rule, we are pretty good at noticing the “big” burdens of life.

The death of a loved one, major illness, or loss of employment catches our attention and elicits empathy and compassion; however, the majority of the time we are completely oblivious to the more common burdens of others – the sorrows, disappointments, and worries of everyday life.

Usually we miss seeing their burdens because we are totally fixated on our own struggles. Galatians challenges us to look beyond ourselves and to see the burdens that others are carrying.

The specific command of Galatians is to bear one another’s burdens.

The word “bear” means to help someone carry the weight. It is an important distinction to make that we are never commanded to fix other people’s problems.

We are commanded to help them as they bear their burdens. We often avoid those going through problems because we believe that we are expected to fix their problems, and we do not know how.

We are not called to take away their burdens, rather we are commanded to help them bear it.

Burdens and struggles are often God’s instrument to teach us truths, to mold us into His image, and to prepare us for future ministry.

The fact that we too have dealt with similar burdens and problems makes us more sympathetic to other people’s sufferings and gives us the credibility necessary to minister to those in the midst of a struggle.

We do not take away their burdens, but we enter into the struggle with them and help them bear their burden.

The end result of bearing one another’s burdens is that in doing so we fulfill the law of Christ.

When a Christian demonstrates the love of Christ by coming alongside and helping someone struggling with a burden, God is honored.

Nothing gives off the fragrance of Christ more than Christians bearing one another’s burdens.

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