“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 ESV)
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible says that to “bear one another’s burdens” “directs us to sympathize with one another under the various trials and troubles that we may meet with, and to be ready to afford each other the comfort and counsel, the help and assistance, which our circumstances may require.”
The wife of a good friend of mine has been through a hard time over the last two years as she has been battling cancer. As my friend told me of the things she has had to endure, I realized that sometimes we just need each other to lift our spirits, encourage us to stand fast and hold on to our God and Father who created us. It does not matter the circumstances.
As a parent and grandparent I realize there are things I do not share with my children or my older grandchildren concerning the struggles I am going through. My reasoning is that they have their own struggles and they don’t need to be bothered with mine. The funny thing about that reasoning is that I want to know their struggles so I can pray for them. So what is wrong with this picture? (Bear one another’s burdens.)
Maybe I do not understand the potential. I am not teaching them that there is no “lone ranger” Christ followers. We need each other.
I have learned recently to ask my children to pray for me about a situation concerning my health. I ask them because I know they will pray. I just need to expand that to other burdens and trials I am experiencing. I need them to pray, to walk, and escort me to the feet of Jesus. In that we all learn to “bear one another’s burdens”.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me……… and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
– Matt. 11:28-30
Have you asked your children to bear your burdens?
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