Bearing Burdens

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 neighbour. For each will have to bear his own load.

What is of greatest note in caring for other believers is that we are commanded to bear each other’s burden’s in accordance with the law of Christ, that is the new covenant given to believers as partakers of this one, holy, catholic, and apostolic faith. But not just commanded; no this command stands in contrast to what we are commanded to bear, our loads.

Caring for other believers is a two-part process, one being our care for others, and the other our carrying out the instructions given to us. Our loads are smaller than our burdens, and while we perhaps may inevitably seek to bear both our burdens and loads out of a sense of pride, this is not what we are supposed to do. Rather, our loads, formed by the work God has given to every person (Romans 12) are to be done with due diligence for our calling are each our own and to deny responsibility is to also deny the will of the Lord. And our burdens, the crises of life, or even the overbearing weight of stress that inevitably overcome us all (for we all grow weary) are to be shared with the body that should always be ready to support one another in brotherly love.

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