Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
In Galatians 6:5, Paul teaches that “each one should carry his own load.” The idea here is that we should all be responsible for our own burdens. This is a hallmark of mature adults – that we will try our best to take care of our own responsibilities.
However, there are times when the burden of life is so heavy that that bearing it alone is crushingly difficult. It is God’s will for us to “carry each other’s burdens” (6:2).
The truth is: a joy shared is a joy doubled, but a burden shared is a burden halved.
I am a recipient of help many times in my life. I am extremely grateful for those who cared for me when I was sick, helped me when I felt hopeless, comforted me when I was utterly defeated, and walked with me when I struggled…
God taught me a beautiful lesson through these experiences: Be humble when I need others and be generous when I see the needs of others.
Sometimes it is God’s will for us to extend help. Sometimes it is God’s will for us to connect those who need help to those who can extend help.
In either case, God will reward us with a joy that can never be explained.
Question for reflection: Is there anyone around me that I can help carry a little bit of their burden?