Devotions By Jan

Carrying Burdens

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Scripture for Today: Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

I love this photo of the dog helping out the cat with her kitten!  I grew up in a cat-loving family and it was a common sight to see Chin-Chin carry her babies in her mouth by the scruff of their necks.  I would worry about the kittens as it looked like it hurt them.  I never thought about the possibility of the Mother cat getting tired of hauling them around in her mouth.  But those kittens did need to be carried around for a time.  Whether in her cat brain she considered it a burden, I will never know!

Our verse today talks about helping one another carry our burdens.  Doing so fulfills the law of Christ which is to love one another.   We all have burdens we haul around.  I think they are our own though and not the burden Christ gives us to bear.  His burden is light (Matt. 11:30)  His burdens are bearable.  This is a different burden that we help lighten.  We help bear the burden of one who has fallen.

In the process of restoring him, I am to help him stand up again and lighten his load.  His burden may be the burden of guilt.  His burden may be the natural consequences of his sin.  His burden may be a continued temptation toward that same sin.  I help him bear that burden with prayers and words of encouragement.  I help him with loving counsel and even practical help.  I help him bear his burden by extending the same forgiveness that Christ did for me.  Yes, “love bears all things,” even the burdens of others!

Lord, help me care enough to help shoulder another’s burden.


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