Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2
We live in a broken world because of sin. People are struggling with destructive behaviors, addictions, and forces of lust. They are lonely and seeking identity, belonging, and peace. Family relationships are being severed and marriages broken. Children are facing negative influences and pressures as never before. Mental health issues and emotional problems are on the rise. The tide of the world is destroying lives.
While it looks bleak, there is a bright hope in Jesus Christ. We have Heaven ahead of us where there will be no more brokenness. In the world there is tribulation, but through Jesus, we have light, hope, and peace. We have something wonderful to share with people who are struggling. The things of this world are not solving the problems that people have; they are making them worse. Let us communicate freely the glorious hope of the gospel.
The Scripture teaches us to “Bear ye one another’s burdens.” This means to lift up, to carry, to endure patiently the burdens of others. People that are broken need love, care, and understanding. We can’t fix people, but we can be there for them. We can listen, we can pray, we can share hope, and most of all we can point them to the Savior, who can do what man cannot do.
Bearing the burdens of others is not usually easy, but it is our call and our responsibility. People who are hurting can be hurtful; they can lash out at those who love them. As you bear people’s burdens, remember that you may be hurt. When you sacrifice yourself for others, they will sometimes cause you pain with their words and actions. Look beyond what they say or do and see their brokenness. Where will they be if you forsake them?
As God has been so patient and faithful to us, let us fulfill the law of Christ and extend that same patience and love to others who are struggling to find their way. Let us show them Christ by our love and care. May the Lord Jesus bless each of you as you bear the burdens of others. ■