Carry Each Other's Burdens

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

Everyone is hiding something, and it's not because they're deceptive. It's just that some wounds are too private. When your husband is being insensitive and uncaring the pain can be too deep to discuss. When your wife wounds you with acid words you're crushed inside but you can't show it. So you both go off, lick your wounds and try to avoid the comments and questions of others. Is that where you are today struggling with something too painful to talk about? If so, realise that others are too! Their anger is a symptom. Their aloofness just hides their fear of being known and maybe rejected because they've been hurt before.

Jesus saw the best in the worst of people and went out of His way to be gracious to them. Do you remember how He treated the woman 'caught in the act' of adultery (John 8)? Public exposure! Can you imagine the depth of her shame? Yet Jesus saw someone worth saving, loved her, lifted her and gave her the strength to do better. You are called to do that too! So remind yourself today that others are going through things you don't know about. They're crying tears you don't see and feeling isolated in ways you can't imagine. Don't be a burden; be a burden-bearer! Indeed you may be the only one who crosses their path today. And when you help lift their burden God will lift yours! 'Share each other's troubles and problems, and obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself' (Galatians 6:2-3 NLT).

Taken from UCB Word for Today. Free issues are available here for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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GrandmaK said…
You know, it's hard to serve others when we are in pain or burdened. but Jesus didn't say, "Help others when you have no worries or conflicts." No, He washed the feet of his disciples and told them to do has he had done.(John 13:13-18)I cannot even imagine his pain and anguish at that time. I personally understand, He has taught me I am no better than my neighbor. God made us all and, if I must, I will carry my burden and the neighbors, too. You know that by sharing in another's difficulty the one(s) I bear, though it doesn't go away, seems less important or sometimes even trivial in that moment when I am the Servant. And again, Jesus teaches how humility can be such a beautiful gift. Thanks be to God for you Mike. Good Day to you!
Amrita said…
What you said is true Mike.Carrying another 's burdens help me forget my own
Andrea said…
GREAT post. I keep forgetting about this blog. I need to make sure I come here more often. I feel spiritually fed each time I come to this blog. Thank you for sharing God's word. You seem to be a very spiritual man.
Angie said…
What a good reminder for us. Thank You, Mike.
Kim S in SC said…
What a wonderful post! I often find myself asking the Lord to re-open my eyes so I don't miss sensing when someone needs lifting up! Thank you for this reminder!
Thank you also for visiting my blog today! I love the "thanks living" idea!
In Him,
Jesus sees and knows the heart!
Isadora said…
There is no time when all of us could not use encouragement - so always is a good time to reach out with a smile and a good word. While you are caring about your neighbor, you forget about yourself. :)
Steve unowoo. said…
Those white chairs look like those in your garden!
michaelonbass said…
Beautiful. A nice counterpoint in a world that is so quick to scorn and judge.
michaelonbass said…
While I'm thinking about it, thanks for your kind words about my Jennifer post the other day! I appreciated that.
Love this post and, it's so true that we all have something to hide in life and only God knows our inner being and what we are capable of doing and what we do... so we must not cast stones at others.
I totally agree with this post Mike

Godbless you
A Woman Who is: said…
Stopped by via kim s blog. Loved this. Timely for this season, when many hurt more...