Bear One Another’s Burdens
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”— Galatians 6:2
Jesus has made us members of His own body, and He feels our pain. When we rejoice, He is happy. And when we are hurting, He feels our sadness. He feels what we feel and bears the weight of our joy or pain with us.
This is what we are being called to do for one another in Galatians 6:2. The Bible says we are members of one another (Rom. 12:5), which means we are not meant to live in our own little worlds. We are called to be conscious of other people’s burdens and pain.
We live in a world that is so individualistic. People are so separated from one another that many believers don’t do much in the way of bearing others’ burdens. Yes, we do need to be careful not to become overwhelmed by people’s problems. But most people have the opposite problem. We don’t let other people’s problems touch us.
Beloved, God wants to help us to feel compassion for others, to try to put ourselves in their shoes. He wants to give us a greater burden to love, a greater burden to pray. He wants to bring us into a place where we can have more empathy for other people and thereby bear their burdens with them even as He is bearing our burdens with us.
We need discernment and balance, but we must not close ourselves off from being there for others. Let’s do a better job of bearing one another’s burdens by praying for one another and helping one another find strength through the power of the Spirit.
Father God, thank You for always being there to bear my burdens. Give me a heart to do the same for others. I pray for discernment and balance, Father, but help me not to shield myself from people’s problems but to reach out to help them find strength in You.
Rabbi Kirt A. Schneider, Rivers of Revelation (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2020), Used by permission.