This couple is unlike any other in nature. It is the male sea-horse who carries the eggs for the female! The female will deposit her eggs in a special pouch he carries. There, he fertilizes the eggs with his sperm, and carries them for two to four weeks until he gives birth. Their babies are called “fry” and there can be as many as 1000 at a time The female has it easy. Her part is to swim up to the male each morning during gestation and give him a special greeting!
Today’s verse talks about helping each other to carry their burdens. Doing so fulfills the law of Christ which is to love one another. These burdens are the unfortunate result of our sin (verse 1). They are different from His burden which is light (Matt.11:30). Rather than look askance at the one fallen in sin thinking we would never do that, we are to do all we can to lift him up and lighten his burden. We all carry around the memories of past failures. Understanding how the Lord has forgiven us helps us extend that same grace. In love, we want to help with words of encouragement and affirmation.
It costs me something to help carry the burden of another. It means that I take time out to pray, give godly counsel and practical help. It might mean hours on the phone. Sin can complicate a life. The consequences can be very burdensome with broken relationships and poor self-image. But that burden can be lighter when I come along side. It is one of the best ways to show love!
Lord, help me be willing to carry another’s burden.