Burdens and troubles are part of life. I will have them. You will have them. Each of us, today, as we are reading this, has some type of burden that we are dealing with. There is something in our life that is wearying for each of us.
Paul today in Galatians gives us some advice for handling our burdens. Listen to what he says in 6:2-5:
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
He basically gives us two pieces of advice that seem to be the opposite of each other. First, he says in verse 2, to bear each other’s burdens. We are supposed to help and take care of each other. That’s what our command is as Christians, to care for and to love one another.
But, look what he says later on in verse 5, each of us must bear our own load.
Wait, what? How does that work? On one help each other, and on the other, take care of yourself. What is the deal here?
This is what Paul means and what we should do as Christians. First, we should our very best to take care of our loads and our struggles. We should do all that we can do to take care of our burdens and struggles.
Because there is a time when our friend won’t be able to take care of theirs. And we have to be there to help them. It’s sort of like why we should save money, to be able to help someone out in their time of need. If we don’t have any money saved, we can’t help.
But, if we do, we can help them out.
So, if we take care of our burdens, we are free to help each other out.
And, there will be a time when we need that help as well. We are going to need help with our burdens and struggles and worries. We will need help. We will need support.
We will need each other.
So, today, we bear our burdens. So that we can bear one another’s burdens.
Today, may we be there for each other in our hours of need.
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