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Carry each other’s burdens

‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)

What are burdens?

Burdens are moral faults, but can have a wider application to other kinds of burdens. The Greek word for ‘burdens’ refers to something beyond the normal capacity to carry, as opposed to a ‘load,’ which is what a person could be expected to carry.

The law of Christ is the sum of all of Jesus’ teachings and desires; it is Christianity itself. This includes loving, not only one’s neighbour (Matt. 22:39), but one’s enemy as well (Matt. 5:43), with God’s love as the model. The law of Christ is to love one another as He loved us (John 13:34; 15:12).

What is love?

Love is an attitude of the heart, which is expressed by, and evidenced by, what you say and what you do. Love is more than enthusiasm (1 John 5:1-3). Love is a conscious choice (Hos. 3:1-3). The hallmark of love is in John 13:31-35.

Believers are new creatures

Believers are new creatures with new characters (Gal. 5:22-23) and they can demonstrate the attitude of love in the following ways:

By seeing the good in other people;

By not being upset or irritated by those actions and attitudes in other people, which could be upsetting or irritating;

By thinking of other’s needs and not just your own;

By seeking the good of others, and by giving priority to their needs instead of your own;

By showing practical love (Matt. 22:34-40).

What to do?

Love God, love people! (Deut. 5:6-21)

Love your enemies! (Luke 6:27-31)

Love your neighbour! (Luke 10:27-28)

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

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