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Bear One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6:2 KJV

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

What is your response when a fellow brother or sister sins, misses it, and comes short of the glory? Do you pray for them and ask the Lord to use you to be a vessel of restoration? Or, do you share the news about how this individual has missed it with everyone you know? Contrary to popular belief, when another brother or sister in Christ misses it in their walk with God, we have a responsibility to restore them.

It’s always amazed me how many families, sports teams, and coworkers realize that if they don’t work together, they will fail. They realize that if one team member is out of line it effects them all. For the good of the team, they look out for each other. 

The Body of Christ is supposed to be known by the way we love each other (John 13:34-35). The passage that our text scripture comes from is talking about what to do if a brother is overtaken with sin, misses it in his walk with the Lord. Verse 1 tells us, “…ye which are spiritual restore such a one.” I guess you truly find out who is spiritual when someone misses it. Those who gossip and spread the news, without care for the hurt this causes, simply are not spiritual. 

Verse 2 says, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The law of Christ is the law of love. When a brother or sister falls, we should choose love. When you choose love, you choose to bear, or share, the burden this individual has created, in order to restore them back to fellowship with the body. 

It has always amazed me that the first person that Jesus showed himself to after his resurrection was Mary Magdalene, out of whom he cast seven devils. I realize that you cannot help everyone because some do not want help, but as you choose to be a vessel of God’s love, he will use you to bring about restoration like never before! 

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