Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:1-2
We all have burdens. Some have a physical handicap, chronic sickness, or some abnormality you cannot change. Some have spiritual burdens and the struggle with temptation. Some have emotional burdens like depression or anxiety, a heartache over some loss, or a financial reversal.
Verse 1 says: When a fellow believer stumbles and falls into sin [not those who CHOOSE to live in sin], rather than pointing accusing fingers or shooting our wounded, we should reach down and give them a helping hand to lift them up, and help them get back on track. We are supposed to encourage and strengthen one another when it comes to faults and failures.
Jesus is our great burden bearer. Sometimes we cling to a burden and try to carry it ourselves. We can be deceived into thinking God wants us to carry something by ourselves as if we are somehow serving God by doing so…but He wants to take our burden from us.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
When it’s more than you can bear and you don’t think you can take another step, you can lay it on Jesus. One of these two things will happen when we cast our burden on the Lord:
- The Lord will lift the burden
- The Lord will lift you and give you grace for the burden – The Apostle Paul is an example of this. Three times he asked God to lift a burden he was carrying. God’s answer was “no”, but I’ll give you grace.
If God doesn’t remove our burden, He will carry us and our burden.