Galatians 6. Forum Discussion

Bearing one another's burdens

There are two scriptures that we will focus on for today’s lessons. These scriptures are particularly relevant given the current worldwide pandemic.

These scriptures tell us to:

  1. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2.
  2. “Not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” – Galatians 6:9.

What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens?

“To bear” means: “To carry or support.”

To bear one another’s burdens means to help one another get through life’s challenges.

Right now, there are a lot of people hurting. People are experiencing fear, isolation, economic uncertainty, sickness and even death. God has a plan for us to help one another, and Paul describes it here in Chapter 6.

Paul writes that we are to, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

Jesus said in John 13:34-35:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If we are to fulfill the law of Christ, we need to love one another as Jesus loves us.

That is a mighty tall order! How can we possibly love one another as much as Jesus loves us? He went through ridicule, abandonment, beatings, betrayal, mockery, and finally He suffered a violent death on a cross. All because He loved us.

Think about how strong Jesus’ love for us is. As He was dying on the cross for sins that we committed, He said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing?” Luke 23:34.

Can we love one another to the level that Jesus loves us? Doubtful. But we can try. We can seek out those that are carrying a heavy burden and love them enough to get involved. We can invest our time and energy to check in with people and find out what they are going through. If there is an opportunity to relieve someone of all or part of their burden, we should follow through and help them.

When it comes down to it, most of us want to the right thing. If we know that someone is suffering, we would love to help them feel better. But we either do not how, or we simply chose not to.

Maybe we have tried to help others in the past and things did not go well. God is telling us not to give up. He is telling us not to let one bad experience stop us from doing what is right and what is good. God wants us to continue to look for people that are suffering and be willing to get involved and help them. Not only help them, but to love them as Jesus loves us.

Paul writes, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” – Galatians 6:9.

If life has knocked us down, God wants us to get back up and get back in the game. If there are obstacles in our way, God wants us to overcome them.

He makes it clear that we are to:

  1. Bear one another’s burdens.
  2. Love one another as Jesus loves us.
  3. Not grow weary of doing good.

And when we are the one that is suffering, God wants us to let others help to ease our burden. God wants us to give people a chance to love us in the same way Jesus does. If we keep to ourselves and shut people out, we are not listening to God’s plan. He wants us to help one another and to love one another.

If there is a person in your life that is suffering, pray for God to provide opportunities for you to help them. If you are suffering, let your brothers and sisters in Christ know that you are suffering and give them a chance to help if they can.

And if you begin to grow weary in doing good, pick yourself up and remember that you are a child of God, and that He loves you. Our Father loves us more than words can even describe. God IS love.

To conclude today’s study, we will look at John 3:16 and remind ourselves of how much we are loved by God.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Thank you for joining us today. This concludes our study on the book of Galatians. Please join us tomorrow as we begin our six-day study on the book of Ephesians. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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What are some ways that we can bear one another’s burdens as we face the COVID-19 global pandemic together?

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We should show love by helping one another.

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One thing that I am doing is checking in on people and finding creative ways to be in their lives. My Mom and I are watching travel shows on TV. We go to different cities each night and talk about it. What's really important is that we get a chance to check in on each other every day and can share in our day, good or bad.

Just reaching out to people and not allowing ourselves to become isolated and making sure others do not feel isolated.

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