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Sharing each other’s burden

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Galatians 6:2-5

When God provided a description of what the church should look like, He used the analogy of the human body. “So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (Romans 12:5). He used the metaphor of the human body so every believer will recognize that they were called to belong to His body and learn how to relate with other believers. When one part of the body is going through difficulty, the other parts of the body will respond to help and support. From the text, each part of the body is called to carry each other’s burdens. The Apostle Paul said that once this relationship becomes visible, the law of Christ is fulfilled. “When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love... This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you” (John 15:10, 12). The law of Christ is love and it is fulfilled when one who claims he or she is a child of God starts to manifest the love that comes from God. This kind of love is sacrificial in nature. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Jesus Christ gave up His life so He could save those who will respond to His offer of salvation. He provided you a model to follow. He also gave you the power to do so when you continue to carry His yoke so that you will overcome your weakness of not helping others to carry their burdens. “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:29-30). When you are yoked with Jesus, He will lead you to those who needs your help so He could help lighten the load they carry.


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