Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Last Sunday it was my privilege to take part in a sermon series on some of the “one another” passages in the Bible. “Live in harmony with one another,” says Romans 12:16. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you,” says Ephesians 4:32. My text was Galatians 6:1-5:

My brothers and sisters,

if anyone is detected in a transgression,

you who have received the Spirit

should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.

Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.

Bear one another’s burdens,

and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

For if those who are nothing think they are something,

they deceive themselves.

All must test their own work;

then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work,

will become a cause for pride.

For all must carry their own loads.

Galatians 6:1-5

What does it mean to “bear one another’s burdens”? Can we do that while also caring for ourselves? And does this text contradict itself by adding at the end “all must carry their own loads”?

Thank you to Covenant Mennonite Church in Winkler, Manitoba for the opportunity to join you in worship and share on this text and topic. I appreciate your gracious welcome and the extended sermon time offered to me as one of your guest speakers.

For anyone interested in hearing this sermon, here is the audio:

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Author: April Yamasaki

I currently serve as resident author with a liturgical worship community, write online and in print publications, and often speak in churches and other settings. Publications include On the Way with Jesus, Four Gifts, Sacred Pauses, and other books on Christian living. Websites: AprilYamasaki.com and WhenYouWorkfortheChurch.com.

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