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What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens? Why does Jesus ask us to bear burdens?
We've all experienced burdens in our lives. Whether it's sickness or financial trouble or death... burdens come in all shapes and sizes. But Jesus has a solution.
In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul writes:
"Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor."
— Galatians 6:1-4
The church at Antioch is an example of believers bearing one another’s burdens. Acts 11:27–30 records that the church learned of a coming famine in Judea. Though they did not personally know the ones who would be affected by this difficulty, they took up collections to send to them by way of traveling apostles. The Antioch church did not assume responsibility for total provision, but their generosity lightened the load for those who would be suffering.
The word burden comes from the Greek word baros which means weight.
So... "bear a burden" means to take away or carry off the weight someone else is experiencing. You're helping another person in a way that brings relief or comfort to them in a challenging situation.
Whether it's helping someone with the groceries, offering to pay someone's electric bill, or grabbing coffee with a friend who has lost a loved one, there are lots of ways to bear burdens!