So What Are These Burdens?

Bear one another’s burdens

 Not only are we to restore those who are in sin but we are to bear one another’s burdens.

So what are these burdens?

Isn’t it interesting that Paul talks about burdens right after talking about restoring sinning believers? Paul is for sure talking about a more general sense of burden than a specific sin but I think that the context of restoring sinning believers is crucial to understanding this word “burdens.”

While we are all freed from the power of sin, under the saving grace of Jesus, those of us who believe the gospel still feel its weighty presence in our lives. The Greek word used here is one of an extremely heavy burden, a weighty, pressing burden, one that is hard to carry by oneself. We need one another. Our sin can so easily entangle us and weigh us down. We must bear one another’s burdens.

And not just for the sake of our brother’s but for the sake of Jesus.

“…and thereby fulfill the law of Christ”

Christ has commanded us to carry each other’s burdens:

John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

And Paul has already touched on this in Galatians:

5:13-14 – “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

Our love for one another should feed our desire to carry one another’s burdens, especially the burden of sin.

But now we must switch our gaze, as Paul makes it clear that whenever we are helping a brother or sister, there are 2 sinners involved.

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