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August 9, 2020
Bearing One Another’s Burdens
 

Galatians 6:1-3 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

 

            Does the load you’re carrying just get too much to bear sometimes?  I know mine does. I find myself dwelling on a problem and before I know it, that which started out as a pebble in my shoe has become a boulder in my mind and on my heart. The truth is, God did not save us and make us a member of His church and of His body, so we could do this alone.  There is, of course, nothing about you or about me, that our all-knowing, ever-present God does not know.  He knows us far better than we even know ourselves and most certainly better than we could ever know anyone else. 

 

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

 

            The Lord could have chosen to never allow us to come to a place where we feel like our burden was too heavy, but He did not.  On the other hand, He could have chosen to just speak the word when you or I cried out in weakness or despair as He did with the disciples in the raging storm and sometimes, He does.

            Yet, according to the scriptures, there is another way the Lord has chosen to work in the lives of  His children.

 

Romans 15:1-7 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

 

            Yes, He tells us that when we are strong and able to press on because we know Christ is our strength, we need to be aware of the brothers and sisters around us who may be struggling.  As born-again believers in Jesus Christ, we are one big family; we are the body of Christ; we are the one true church of the living God.  All that we have in Christ is not merely to make us happy, blessed, and content, but He has blessed us with His strength because He knows there is a dear brother or sister nearby who needs His helping hand.  We read again:

 

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

 

Lord, help me not to please myself, but help me to see the needs of my neighbor and use the strength you’ve given me, to bear their burdens.

            We can see then that this is Christ’s way of bringing strength to the whole body.  When one member is weak, the stronger steps in.

Oh, that the love Christ has given us one for another might manifest itself in a special and mighty way in these dark, sinful, selfish, self-centered days in which we are living.

            Don’t you just love Paul’s prayer in verses five through seven, of Romans chapter six? 

           

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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            Yes Lord, help us not to allow all the confusion and dissension, violence and wickedness take our eyes off of our blessed Saviour!  Help us to be likeminded, loving one another, encouraging one another and bearing one another’s burden as you show us the need.  By the grace and mercy of God we can shine as lights in the darkness, glorifying God as the world sees Christ’s love at work in children’s lives.

 

            John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

 

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

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