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Bearing one another's burdens

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

When God created the world and its surroundings, He declared, “It is good.” Then when He created Adam, He declared, “It was very good.” But God knew that it was not good for Adam to be alone; “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen. 2:18). God designed humanity to experience the joy and fulfillment through community. This is what King Solomon is describing from the text. God did not create you to live in isolation so you can achieve your own personal goals. He called you to be a part of a community where you can take part in carrying one another’s burdens. “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). What is the “law of Christ?” It is love. “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. ’This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22:37-39). The foundation of love is sacrifice. This is what Christ demonstrated at the cross (Rom. 5:8) which also becomes the model for the child of God to follow. God established the church so He could empower the community of believers so they could show the world the love of God. Christ’s love is also the model the church should follow as they treat each other in the body of Christ. It is a privilege to join Jesus in bearing the burdens of others, and in so doing live out the life of Christ. It is during difficult times that every believer should be walking in fellowship with one another. This becomes the source of strength, comfort, and encouragement. It is also during times of temptations that you need to seek the fellowship with other believers so that others can uphold you in prayer and provide the accountability that safeguards your testimony. You are not called to carry the burdens alone. So don’t let yourself miss out on the opportunity of others blessing you because you belong to a community of caring believers. Seek out to be a child of God whose life could be a source of comfort and encouragement to those that God brings to your life.


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