Bearing Other’s Burdens in The Body

19 11 2007

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Paul

One of the most dangerous elements of the American dream is the belief that every person can live in complete independence.  We hate being burdened with other people’s problems.  So we say a half-hearted “good luck” to those drowning from the effects of the fall and quietly thank God we’re not in their shoes.

But equally unbiblical is the idea that we can be a never-ending burden in the lives of others.  Paul writes just two verses later the seemingly contrary statement “each one should carry his own load.”

So which is it?  Both.  We are to bear one another burdens and, at the same time, train people how to carry their own load.  We must become comfortable with this reality in the Kingdom.  Be prepared to bear the burdens of others but never stop equipping people to carry the load the fall and the Lord has placed on their shoulders.

Remember, we have ALL the resources within the Kingdom to gain victory over the flesh, the world and the devil.  Our story is one of triumph in the face of overwhelming odds through the power of Christ within.

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