Key Verse: Verse 5 – "For every man shall bear his own burden."
Key Words: For every man shall bear his own burden
While we are commanded to carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), we are also commanded to bear our own burdens. These burdens are always allowed for specific reasons.
- Burdens help to develop our Christian character.
- They help to mature us spiritually.
- They cause us to rely on God.
I remember reading a story told by a missionary to Africa. Lacking bridges, the natives were often required to wade across swollen streams in order to reach their destination. The current was swift and they were in constant danger of being swept away. The weight of the human body and that of the water was about the same which made it difficult to stay on their feet. The natives solved the problem by filling sacks with rocks and carrying the extra weight on their shoulders. The extra weight secured their footing and kept them from slipping and falling. So it is with our lives. God allows the extra burdens to weigh us down, not to hinder or hurt us but to keep us from being swept away by the “river” of the world.
Psalm 26:1b, “I have trusted in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.” May you rejoice as you “carry your burdens.”
What to do:
✞ Bear your burdens with Godly grace and dignity.
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