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"Sharing the Burden"

August 22, 2006

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Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

You are carrying two bags of groceries home. Your arms ache, and your legs are rubbery. A friend meets you and carries one of the heavy bags for you. What a relief!

The Bible tells us to carry each other's burdens. What burdens? We may do this by sharing with others their sorrows, unrelieved problems, or ugly, inescapable situations. We sometimes forget that those who are alone need someone with whom they can talk. If we are willing to listen discreetly and respect the other person's confidence, we can help the lonely see things more clearly and help them in making decisions.

Christ told us to love one another as He loved us. We do that when we concern ourselves with the needs of others, easing their burdens by our words and deeds of love.

As we carry each other's burdens, we are mindful that Christ "took up our infirmities and carried our diseases" (Matthew 8:17). For Jesus' sake God lifts the burden of our sins from us. That's the greatest relief of all. Set free from this load, by God's grace we are both willing and able to help carry another's burden.

PRAYER: Gracious Lord, make us unselfish and loving so we may help others carry their burdens; in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 20-22    1 Corinthians 14:1-20

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