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Third Verse

"We share our mutual woes, our mutual burdens bear; And often for each other flows, the sympathizing tear" John Fawcett 1782

The art of sharing is a unique one. Not everyone is a sharer. The ability to share is germane to humans, but not always manifested. Christians are to have a sharing nature. Sharing is more than splitting a bag of M&Ms however. "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal.6:2). We could take this to mean physical difficulties, but the preceding verse would make us think that the emphasis is on moral burdens or weaknesses. What impresses me about this verse from the book of Galatians is the ending. It would seem that carrying each others burdens is Christ's law! In times of spiritual weakness, we are to pray for one another. Whether we are dealing with spiritual or physical needs, sharing is a tie that binds Christians in a very special way. The second part of Fawcett's verse talks about the sympathizing tear that flows for one another. "But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that here should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it" (1 Cor.12:24-26). It looks like God composed the body so that we would have this wonderful camaraderie. Some of us might show our emotions differently than others, but this emotional type of demonstration shows the tie that binds us together. It is alright to let a tear flow for one another because it reinforces the bond. Fawcett is three for three....

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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