From Paul's letter to the Galatians the sixth chapter I begin the reading at the verse numbered one. "Brethren if a man is over taken in any trespass you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ for if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor." And may God bless to us and to our understanding this reading from his word. Pray with me. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
From these brief verses I lift up for our thinking this morning the second verse. "Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." Now on the face of it the intent of that verse is obvious. We are to bear one another's burdens. We are to assist one another with the heavy loads of life. We are not to stand by and watch those who know vicissitudes struggle along. We are to be at their right hand to help them.
A whole host of corroborative scriptures immediately comes to mind. If the first commandment is to love God, the second commandment is to love our neighbor. Even as we help the least of the brethren we are helping our Lord Jesus Christ. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, that you have love one for another. The explicit intent of the verse is so obvious that I intend to say no more about it.
I would ask you to think with me instead on that which is implicit in the verse, namely, that you cannot bear another person's burdens if you do not know of them. You cannot assist someone if you are not aware of the need for assistance ...
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