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Carry Each Other’s Burdens

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

RayMcDCarry each other’s burdens. Like some – I work better with someone working along side of me rather than working alone. I know folks that work well alone – but I like having someone there with me – even if just for company. I’ve encouraged my wife at times to simply be in the yard with me while working to have someone there. I can work alone – but I work better with someone there to talk to and bounce ideas off of.

Carry each other’s burdens. I wonder how many of us have had issues in life (almost all of us I imagine). I can also imagine that often having someone help us through the difficult time was appreciated. Whether is was a loan at just the right time – a word of advice – a shoulder to lean on – a prayer said at just the right time – a kind word of encouragement – or simply just being there.

Carry each other’s burdens. What about when temptation strikes and sin abounds? What about when we are weak – don’t we need folks to come along side us and help us overcome our weaknesses?

Carry each other’s burdens. Do we each have people we can turn to for help? Our parents – our siblings – a school teacher or counselor – and close friend – a co-worker – a boss? Small groups or tight circles can be very helpful in times of need. A church family is very important to many people.

Carry each other’s burdens. Today’s passage speaks about helping to carry one another’s burdens. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Galatians 6:1–10 – 1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Carry each other’s burdens. Helping each other is very important. Being help is an essential part of our Christian faith. Paul writes – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 9, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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