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07/08/2008

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Burden Bearing


"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2).

The 6th chapter of Galatians is somewhat enigmatic. It begins in verse one with a call to the strong to help the weak who is caught in some sort of trespass. That is always a hard one for me. We don't want to appear as "holier-than-thou," but we want to help. After exhorting us to bear one another's burdens, Paul says, "For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself."....."But let each examine his own work, and then have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each must bear his own load" (vs 3-5).

It seems to me that part of Christian responsibility is toward one another. However, we cannot help if we are not grounded in the truth. We cannot help, but are actually in need of help ourselves, if we do not hold the Word as the "path unto our feet."

Few of us doubt that the temptation to grow weary is ever-present. Jesus warned us. So did Paul. Even with the warning fresh on our minds, temptations can be strong and unexpected. Discouragement can come from many directions. Some of those may come from the world in the form of harassment, ridicule, stereotyping, or resentment. Other sources of discouragement come from within. Becoming a Christian does not mean that we no longer have to struggle with fleshly desires, that can make us feel unworthy of our Christianity. This awareness of personal sin can lead us to lose heart, or want to throw in the towel. If that were not enough, discouragements can arise within the body of Christ itself. People can say or do things that cut us. The same body that is supposed to be about living, giving, and receiving may breed doubt and make the heart sick.

Where is our hope? It is found in the spirit. Take a little time to read Gal. 5:22-26. Our hope lies in doing good. Our hope is in our service done in God's name. We have a special responsibility toward those with whom we share the faith.(Gal, 6:10) We draw strength from the Lord as we occupy ourselves in doing good.

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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