Bear Other’s Burdens
Paul encourages us to bear one another’s burdens in love, “Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].”1
We enjoy celebrating other’s birthdays, future weddings via wedding showers, future babies via baby showers as it is a joy to acknowledge life-giving events. It is not difficult to bear gifts of honor to the ones we love and appreciate in our lives. The Bible says,
“Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].” ~Romans 12:15 AMPC
Do we know how to weep with those who weep? When my brother passed away, a dear friend came and sat with me for several hours. Some of that time we talked and some of that time we just sat in silence. It was one of the greatest gifts ever given to me – the gift of presence.
We think we are unqualified to be with those who grieve, but each of us can give the gift of presence because all it takes is concern and care. Our love will shine through even in the silence. Silence is not awkward because silence communicates we are willing to bear some of the load – just by being there.
God calls us to “be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender), just as our [heavenly] Father is merciful.”2
Bear in Love
In 1 Corinthians, Paul speaks of love. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”3
To bear someone’s burden in love is “to carry; to support; to sustain through bearing a weight or burden.”4
Let us encourage others for “anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.”5
Our words are precious in His sight and minister to the heart of the hearer, “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.”6
“(Believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and sincerity, because practical acts of love are more that words].”7
Sharing is Caring Sharing is Caring – Strength with Dignity
God Promises to Never Leave Us God Promises to Never Leave Us – Strength with Dignity
1 Galatians 6:2 AMP
2 Luke 6:36 AMP
3 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a NASB
4 Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved February 20, 2022, from http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary
5 Proverbs 12:25 AMPC
6 Proverbs 25:11 NASB
7 1 John 3:18 AMP
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