Bear One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6:1-5 (NASB) “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and the he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load.”

It is apparent at the outset of this passage that Paul is thinking about sin and how it is dealt with in the church.

This letter that Paul has written to the Galatians is primarily focused on exhorting and rebuking them for leaving the true gospel of Christ and turning to the false gospel of the Judaizers. They had fallen into thinking that they were still under the law and must participate in legalism in order to win their salvation.

Grace had been forgotten; and not only in their salvation, but also in their treatment of one another:

“Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:26)

The Galatians, in their legalism, had become arrogant and unloving towards one another. And so Paul brings before them the case of sin amongst them and how to deal with it in love.

And so Paul gives believers a 2-part instruction on dealing with sin in the body of Christ in love:

  1. How to deal with the sinner(s) among us
    1. a. Restore them (specific)
    2. b. Bear their burdens (general)
  2. How to deal with the sinner within us
    1. a. Looking (keep watch)
    2. b. Examine

We will look at each of these points over this next week.

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