We read in Galatians 6:2, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." But there seems to be a contradiction between Galatians 6:2 and 6:5 for we are told in Galatians 6:5, "For every man shall bear his own burden."
There really is no contradiction though. In Galatians 6:2 the word for burden refers to a heavy load, a trial, something difficult to bear. In verse 5 the word refers to our daily responsibilities.
But there are things beyond our responsibilities that can burden us down, such as illness in the family, or unforeseen accidents, such as our house burning down or the loss of a job or a death in the family. These tragic events carry us beyond our "daily responsibilities" and reach into the "heavy" burden category of life; things in which our church family should come to our aid.
The little boy looked at the policeman and said, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." When you know somebody is your brother, it makes it easier to bear the weight and carry them to safety.Bearing the burdens of our daily responsibilities is our ethical duty, but aiding those who are burdened by the heavy load of unexpected trails is the church's Christian duty. Let us do our part in being a "Christian."
✞ Religion talks about what to do for others; Christianity does it. So which are you?
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