Friday, February 20th

Bearing Burdens Together

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”   (Galatians 6:2)

This life isn’t easy. We will all encounter hardships and trials in life – that’s the undeniable result of living in a broken, fallen world. Where we go wrong is when we try to carry that weight alone. The good news is we have others around us to carry that weight with us. That’s what spiritual family is all about. We are called to carry one another’s burdens and when we do we fulfill the law of Christ.

Paul is addressing the church in Galatia in a time of major crisis. Since receiving the news of the Gospel and Paul’s departure, the church had been infiltrated with false teachers and plagued with division. A church like that would be totally ineffective in advancing the mission of Christ. The Bible tells us that a house divided cannot stand.  That’s why unity in spiritual family is so important. That doesn’t mean there won’t be disagreements, spats, and conflict. Relationships are messy and take time, effort, emotionally energy. But we are clearly commanded to serve one another through love and come alongside and help others lift the weight.

The culture of God’s family is built around love, humility, forgiveness and honor. When we understand this and value what He values, we benefit from this culture and find great fulfillment by contributing to it. When you make your life about serving Jesus and pleasing Him by loving and serving others, you end up with a joy and peace you never thought possible.

Prayer: Jesus, You are the ultimate burden-carrier as You took our sins on the Cross. Help me to recognize other’s hardships and burdens and come alongside them to help carry their weight.  Amen.

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