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Message of the Day: Bear The Burden Away!

Text: Galatians 6:1-5

Key Verse: Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (NKJV)

The image of bearing another’s “burden” or “weight” (the term was also applied metaphorically to griefs) might remind readers of slaves or of coercing someone to carry something (Roman soldiers could require local people to carry something for them). “Bear burdens” in this context must include helping a fellow Christian deal with sins (6:1). Many take “law of Christ” as referring to a saying of Jesus, but in the context of Galatians it more likely refers to his example and the character of Jesus imparted by the Spirit as mentioned in Galatians 2: 20 and 5:14.

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Galatians 6:2 emphasizes moral burdens and weaknesses. Thus, Christians should help one another in their present moral burdens, difficulties, and weaknesses. When believers live in the Spirit’s power, they will want to be of spiritual help to others. They will not be harshly critical when they see other believers caught in wrongdoing, but will feel the sorrow of others as if it were their own. They will remember how easily anyone can be overcome by temptation.

The sense is, that every man has special temptations and easily besetting sins, which constitute a heavy burden. Christians should aid each other in regard to these, and help one another to overcome them.

The Greek βαστάζω or “bear” has several definitions: (1) to take up in order to carry or bear, to bear what is burdensome; (2) to sustain, uphold or support. Such staking a plant to prevent it from breaking or falling; (3) to bear away or carry off, that is, “to remove” from a certain place. We can always help a person “bear” or “carry” his burden or support him by “staking” around so he will not fall apart. However, it is a different thing when we remove the burden from him and take it to ourselves, just as Christ did at Calvary. He took our sins and carried it to the cross. This is the example and character of Christ that we should emulate.

To bear someone’s burden away is one way of showing our love, thereby accomplishing the law of Christ in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” And in John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Therefore, my brothers ans sisters, when one’s load is about to press him down, help him carry it, or better yet, bear the burden away!

Sources:

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. New Testament. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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