Bearing Another’s Burden

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 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 neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.” Galatians 6:1-5.

We fulfill the law of Christ when we bear one another’s burdens. In this context, it is a brother’s transgression, and your ability to restore him that is how you share his burden. But there is also a warning included, to not think too highly of yourself. After all, you, too, have your own burden. Sometimes you also need help.

The words that are translated from the original Greek text as “burden” and “load” are not the same words. The one translated as “burden” means “weight.” The one that is translated as “load” means “invoice.” From this we might surmise that although we are sometimes overwhelmed by the weight of temptation and need help, we all still have a price on us for our sin. Fortunately, it was paid by Christ on His cross. We are emulating Him when we bear another’s burden.

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