Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
We never know what others are “carrying” around, do we? Even within our own circle of family, friends, neighbors, church family, co-workers, or people we associate with in other ways – we can never truly know what is in another person’s heart and what burdens they carry. They may be big or small, but they can create such a heaviness of spirit that can affect every aspect of their lives. We know and understand because we, too, feel the same weight as we deal with the cares of this world. No one is immune. Even though we may think that these concerns should somehow be fewer as we walk with Christ, we have no such promise. Life has enough for all of us.
God has asked us to help each other with these burdens. In fact, he has commanded us to love our neighbor. When He created us, He never intended for us to go through life alone. He created us so we would need the companionship and encouragement of others. He wants our love to flow from us into the lives of those around us.
We can show this love in many ways, but it begins with a compassion and a willingness to be with others through their struggles, just as God is always with us. He comforts us in our difficulties so that we can comfort others in theirs. We should walk with these individuals, commit our time and effort into giving them strength and encouragement, pray for them and give them our love and kindness. We can’t take their burdens away or take them upon ourselves, but we can ease the load as we share God’s love through every kind act we do.
How much it can mean just to know that someone cares and is willing to help through the difficult times. May our eyes be opened to the opportunities around us. May we see those who are hurting and be the source of hope and comfort they need.
Sometimes we too need to be willing to share our own burdens with others and not be too prideful to do so. As difficult as it might be to open ourselves up in such a painful and trusting way, it can bring much strength and encouragement. And if we aren’t willing to ask for their help and accept it, we may miss out on the blessing God has planned for us. May we follow His command to love and “carry each other’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ.”
Our most gracious Lord, be with those who are hurting and dealing with issues that cause heartbreak, pain, and fear. Help us to be a source of strength and love to those around us who are carrying such burdens. Thank you for the blessings of family and friends who support and love us. Amen