Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bearing burdens

The sixth chapter of Galatians offers lessons on helping others and setting limits. In Gal. 6:2, Paul urges Christians to “bear one another’s burdens.” Then, in Gal. 6:5, he turns around and writes, “for each one will have to bear his own burden.” So which one is it? To bear or not to bear?

Both, of course. Christians need to be humble, think in terms of others, and help where needed. But helping others is never an excuse to neglect the things we ought to be doing for ourselves.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley


Sista Cala said...

Seems like I remember studying this before. The first burden meant like a wheelbarrow load or some overwhelming difficulty. 'Each his own burden' could be symbolized by a back-pack. It is the necessary burden of keeping one's self in right standing w/God.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for sharing this info, Carla. Peace.