by Beverly Barnett
Friday, August 2
Bearing Another’s Burden
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ,” Galatians 6:2.
“God won’t give us more than we can handle.” This clever statement finds expression when consoling people who are enduring hardships and troubles. The problem with this statement is it is not true. No Scripture in the Word of God reveals this to be true. Indeed, if this is true, why the imperative to “bear ye one another’s burdens”? God’s will is not for believers to be soloists when it comes to bearing burdens.
In fact, just the opposite can be found in the life of the same apostle who penned the words of the key verse for today. The apostle Paul related experiences in his life as an ambassador for Christ. On one occasion, Paul wrote, “We were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears” (2 Corinthians 7:5). On another occasion, Paul shared his experience of being stoned and left for dead (Acts 14:19).
In both instances, the Scriptures reveal God used fellow believers to bring comfort to Paul. In the first example, Titus was the instrument God used to bring consolation. In the second example, several believers made themselves available to help Paul.
Do not be robbed of the joy that comes from bearing the burdens of a fellow believer. To bear one another’s burdens is said to fulfill the “law of Christ.” Be ready to help fellow believers to shoulder the burdens they carry.
REFLECTION: What greater example of love for one another is seen in bearing one another’s burdens. (See Galatians 5:14.)