Bearing One Another’s Burdens

September 29, 2009

Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about our responsibility towards one another as described in Galatians 6:1-2. This morning I read a helpful article by Pastor Mark Driscoll about the difference between concern and responsibility, loads and burdens. In other words, when we are concerned about someone, how should that concerned be expressed? What does it look like? When should our concern move from deep compassion about their situation to taking some responsibility for their burden? And what burdens should we be expected to carry in relationship with one another? Does the Bible mandate that we carry every burden, and if so, to what degree?

Here is an excerpt from the article. I encourage you to read the rest of it.

As a Christian, we should lovingly and sincerely have concern for many people and their many circumstances. Our hearts should ache for the pain and trouble that others experience in life. This concern should compel us to speak truth into their life, which can include everything from pointing out sin to giving wise counsel, and intercede for them before God in prayer.

Still, as a Christian we cannot take responsibility for everyone and everything for which we have concern. As finite beings, there is only so much we can do and we must discern whom God has called us to help and how God has called us to help them. When we take responsibility for people and things we ought not, we are sinning by taking off someone’s shoulders a load God has called them to carry and sinning against our own health, family, and priorities by offering to carry it for them.

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