Galatians 6:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bear and Share the Burdens
1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For each one shall bear his own load.
A lady sobbed to me, "My burdens seem more than I can bear. I'm desperate. What can I do ? Help me!"
--She talked; I listened. Prayed. Opened my Bible.
--Shared prescription Scriptures, as Psalm 55:22.
--"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." Others like Psalm 23. Many about Jesus.
--I counselled, comforted, encouraged in the Lord.
--Graciously I sought repentance and assurance.
--As hearts get right with God the Lord leads aright.
--Her burdens were lifted and lessened at the Cross.
Friends, we need to be kind, most all have burdens.
--Maybe you, or someone you know, have some now.
--In Galatians 6 God tells us what to do with them.
--In verse 2, "Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law (command) of Christ." Share them!
--That's what this lady was doing, sharing with me.
--Together, we shared them with the Lord God.
--A burden shared, is a burden lessened. Or gone.
In our Bible, in Galatians, we are told what to do.
--Bear them. Share them. Give them to the Lord."
I. SOME BURDENS WE ALL MUST BEAR..INDIVIDUALLY.
--Circle verse 5, "For each one shall bear his own load" or burden (Galatians 6:5). Our own burden.
--It is a word that is also used for a ship's cargo.
--To remind us there are some things we must bear as individuals - things impossible to share with some other - even though they would like.."his own."
--Some burdens we can see - as a broken arm cast.
--Others we cannot see - as a broken heart.
--Of sorrow, lonliness; a spiritual or mental ill.
--No matter the burden, it is not greater than God!
Burdens, like a mother-to-be, of a life forming in a womb, she must carry until birth - and no other.
--Only a mother can bear that child. Give birth.
--Thus there are some things only we mus bear.
--"For each one shall bear his own load" or burden.
--As Jesus did His cross, only He could, to save us.
What is a burden? One Greek word, baros, means that which is heavy..a weight of care..pain or worry.
--There are eleven different original words translated in English as burden - so all different kinds.
--We don't all have wealth. Or best of health.
--All don't have beauty. Looks. Or talents.
--We don't all have peaceful, loving relationships.
--Nor do we all have "the joy of the Lord" or saved.
--But all have burdens! To be lifted, at Calvary!
Praise God, if your burdens are all little ones - as the mother of five little children once told me.
--Hers were all small. Let's pray ours will be.
What are some burdens we each must bear, alone?
--One of course, is human pain and suffering.
--No matter who, how, where, or healthy - it comes.
--No way one will escape all misery, or suffering.
--Not even the Lord Jesus did. Yet He lifts ours!
--Like a man did for a lady struggling with a large, very heavy box, sat on a bus, box on her lap to her discomfort and a passenger. That was unnecessary.
--He kindly asked, "May I place your heavy burden on the floor, off your lap so you'll be comfortable?"
She was carrying a load on her lap not needed.
However, much of our suffering we must bear alone.
Another burden all must bear ourselves is - death.
--Jesus died for our sins. No other can for a body.
--Psysically, each must face death for self, alone.
--No one else can take our place when our time comes.
--All "walk through the valley of the shadow of death," in Jesus, we need "fear no evil."
--When my only brother died of cancer so soon, my Dad sobbed to me, "If only it was me, and not Charles."
Another common burden we all share - God's judgment.
--The unsaved to be judged at God's great throne for their sin - not accepting Jesus as Savior-Messiah.
--Even the saved will be judged for our works, to be rewarded with "crowns of life" for faithfulness.
--We must all appear before the judgement" (I Corinthians 5).
--Each of us will be at one of these, for ourselves.
--Let's strive for God's "Well done," to His glory.
Another thing God says, each stands for our own sin.
--We can't blame others for our sins. Or a devil.
--They might entice, with bad advice - but we sin.
--Each must bear our own guilt. Each must repent!
--Fact is, we bear it. Or we lay our sin on Jesus.
--It is that simple - for the Lord has made it so.
--That's why Jesus came to Earth. To a cruel cross.
--As the Lamb of God, that takes away sin."
--Simply confess. Believe. Receive. "Born again."
Being saved does not exempt us from all burdens, or troubles, of life - but it does two vital things.
--First, it reduces or removes them, in God's will.
--Second, it gives His rich grace to endure them!
--Frances Havergal was in pain much of her life but this saint graciously wrote many hymns we love.
--So the life of Fanny Crosby, from birth, in also writing some of our most familiar hymns.
--True of the Apostle Paul, with a "thorn" he calls some problem "in the flesh" (II Corinthians 12:7)
--Paul healed others, he was not. God gave grace.
II. SOME BURDENS WE CAN - AND OUGHT TO - SHARE.
--Galatians 6:2, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Share it.
--That takes love. Jesus said, "Love one another."
--Jesus shared our burden. Why not share another's?
Suppose I'm carrying a big bushel of apples, heavy.
--I hesitate to ask, but you come, "May I help?"
--You grab a handle, and a full load becomes a half!
--I am relieved. My burden shared by one who cared!
--Christians, where we can, ought to do that.
--That is what Jesus did! What Jesus is doing!
Sometimes we can bring trouble on others instead of lifting their load - ever seen that happen?
--People pile on the complaints, faults, failures.
--When a word - a note, call - of encouragement, cheer and love, are far more relevant - as in prayer.
--Love, you see, lightens any load. Be a lifter!
Another thing we can share, is another's grief.
--Maybe you don't have any, but they do. Share it.
--Go to God. Go to the lonely, and sorrowful.
--Seek friends. Be one. Share sympathy, comfort.
--I know grief - of others and my own - is hard.
--But is part of life, as is the joy of a birth.
--For God is "the God of all comfort." Go to Him.
Let's also share trials and testings, we all have.
--Look at Galatians 6:1 LB, if someone falls, "You who are godly, shold gently and humbly help him back on the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong."
--Don't add to one's hurts. Encourage, and counsel.
--"Gently, humbly." That's the way God desires.
Then, let's learn to also share Jesus with others.
--Nothing more wonderful than the joy of the Lord!
III. BE READY TO GIVE OUR BURDENS TO THE LORD.
--Friend, He longs to hear from you, and help you.
--What heartaches some face! Let's be more caring.
--To show God's love. Kindness. Pray for others.
--To "Cast your burden on the Lord and He shall sustain you" (Psalm 44:22).
--Our part, come. "Cast." In penitence, humility.
--With "Your burden," whatever it is, "on the Lord."
--Then, note, the Lord, "He shall sustain you."
God can make heavenly start of our earthly scars.
A loving God is like a loving father in a family.
--Like my Dad had rather suffer than we, that's why Jesus came, took our place, suffers for our sins.
--So that we won't have to, but enjoy His heaven.
--Look at it this way, "If we suffer with Him..we may also be glorified together" (Romans 8:17).
--With Him! The Risen, Reigning, Returning Lord!
--Jesus' resurrection follows a cross. So may ours.
As a Pastor caring for people, I know their needs.
--We need many things, but mostly, we need Jesus.
--I took Him as my Savior and Lord years ago.
--Best thing I ever did. How about you? Saved?
--Let's make sure. No better Savior! Or time!
--Of all religions - or no religion - nothing compares to the Savior's love, cross, resurrection!
--He lifts burdens! - Wilbert D. Gough, ThD, DD. 489