“Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6: 2, New English Translation)
Oh, my! I can’t even carry my own burdens. How can I be expected to carry another’s? I do want to follow Christ, to fulfill the law of eternal Life and Love, but I’m a bit overwhelmed right now.
These thoughts are understandable. But we can remember that this admonition to us is also a promise. Paul knew that to bear witness to the Truth that Jesus taught and proved, was to know freedom and blessings. Christ was showing us how to act like the children of God we are. And that is not burden, it is release to reality, to peace, to joy, and to fruition.
This is the law of Christ. And it is founded on Love and proved through Love’s activity. So, we must embrace others in understanding, extend helpfulness, be awake to needs and step up to assist. This is simply being who we are. And this caring for others is not a heavy weight on us or even one shared with another human. Our love expressed is God expressed, and it brings with it His strength, His capacity, His clarity, His serene confidence and care.
Carrying another’s burdens is simply accepting the presence of Love and being a part of that Love. And this means not only that we do God’s good work, but that we, too, can allow ourselves to receive help, to be open to opportunities for others to give us aid, solace, a lift when we most need it. This is Love in full—expressed and received, the perfect balance of goodness.
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