Carrying One Another’s Burdens

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Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

 Galatians 6:2-3 (NLT) 

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

One of the five W’s that we live by here at New Life is the word Welcome.  We want everyone, whether they are first time guests or long time members of the family to feel welcomed and loved.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith In Community, said, “The Christian, however, must bear the burden of a brother. He must suffer and endure the brother. It is only when he is a burden that another person is really a brother and not merely an object to be manipulated. The burden of men was so heavy for God Himself that He had to endure the Cross. God verily bore the burden of men in the body of Jesus Christ. But He bore them as a mother carries her child, as a shepherd enfolds the lost lamb that has been found. God took men upon Himself and they weighted Him to the ground, but God remained with them and they with God. In bearing with men God maintained fellowship with them. It was the law of Christ that was fulfilled in the Cross. And Christians must share in this law.”  Sometimes the burden we must bear is the other person’s worries or concerns, but sometimes the burden we must bear is the people themselves.  In a recent encounter at the grocery store I ran across an acquaintance I had not seen in a while, and when I asked how things were going he unloaded for what seemed like an eternity.  My choice was to lend a caring ear, stare off into space ignoring him, or politely brush him off.  The choice I made was to intently listen and offer some comfort.  While nothing I could have said was going to change his situation, the fact that I was willing to listen hopefully made him feel as though someone cared.  Are you willing to carry one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ?  Blessings

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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