Lighten the Load

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Most of us struggle with asking others for help. Our pride makes us think we should have it under control by ourselves and that asking for help is showing weakness. But there are things that come along in life that are just too heavy for us to possibly carry alone. Try as we might, carrying some things are just impossible to handle by ourselves. We encounter people every day, friends, family, coworkers, strangers, etc., who may be struggling to carry a very heavy burden by themselves and are too afraid to ask for help. We, as Christ followers, are called to help others carry their burdens, whether they ask for our help or not. 

Paul told the Galatians in Chapter 6 that they were free from keeping the rituals of the Mosaic Law, but he reminded them that they did have another responsibility to another. The Law of Christ said that they were to take care of others. Paul said that when you carry another's burdens, you're fulfilling the law of Christ. It's a reference back to just a couple paragraphs earlier in Galatians 5:14, where Paul says, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” This verse calls us to remember back in Matthew 22 when Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; that's the greatest vertical commandment between you and God. So, what's the greatest horizontal command? It's in the next line that Jesus says: “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” True love for us has to be shown to those who are around us, just as Christ showed us true love through his sacrifice on the cross.

Discussion/Reflection Questions: Who in your immediate circle needs help carrying a burden? How can you take steps to help them?

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