Phelps. Here St. Paul says, "Bear ye one another's burdens"; and in the fifth verse of this same chapter, be says, "Every man shall bear his own burden." 3). What if it were sickness? Boundaries 101. Our relationship to each other, and our possession of advantages and talents, involve us in manifold responsibilities.1. It is a law of the kingdom that all His people shall be mutually dependent. This law is emphatically the law of Christ — "as I have loved you. But the Christian Church is not to relegate all her poor to the workhouse; nor is the relieving officer the substitute for the Christian pastor and his Christian flock. Stacey, D. D.)Our individual burden often not the heaviestW. We have our own and also others' burdens to bear. In the general history of mankind, the maxim of the text, so far from being acted out, has been reversed; instead of men sharing or bearing one another's burdens, they appear to act upon the rule of laying them on each other's shoulders, with the view of getting rid of their portion of the weight. They expect impossible things of each other. )LinksGalatians 6:2 NIVGalatians 6:2 NLTGalatians 6:2 ESVGalatians 6:2 NASBGalatians 6:2 KJVGalatians 6:2 Bible AppsGalatians 6:2 ParallelGalatians 6:2 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 6:2 Chinese BibleGalatians 6:2 French BibleGalatians 6:2 German BibleGalatians 6:2 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)but in ministering; which is(a)to lighten our own burdens and(b)to lighten others, so that they may fulfil the law of Christ.(S. "(1)Love of the brotherhood,(2)neighbours,(3)enemies.(W. Yes, this is the lesson we all need We cannot change all the inequalities of the world, or heal all its diseases. I have read of a Christian man, who, to know the reality of poverty, put on the dress of a beggar, and went into the hard lodging-house, where the poor outcasts have a comfortless pallet of straw and a ration of bad food, and after a week of experience gave this evidence, that it was worth to him ten years of study, and the source of the most intense pleasure in his lifetime. We are told that one day, in a fit of insanity, his sister killed a member of their family. It includes the whole catalogue of conditions, and influences, and causes, that weigh men down, and hinder them, when they are endeavouring sincerely to live lives of rectitude. In the general history of mankind, the maxim of the text, so far from being acted out, has been reversed; instead of men sharing or bearing one another's burdens, they appear to act upon the rule of laying them on each other's shoulders, with the view of getting rid of their portion of the weight. "Yes, yes," replied the solicitor, "I don't doubt that either; but I want you to feel in your pocket."(Foster. You have no right to be unconcerned, whether men act rightly or wrongly — whether they are good or bad, That spirit which says: "I will take care of my own self, and let other men take care of themselves," is of the devil. they said all together. For it is thus by their lower necessities that men are led to see that they have need of each other, and that each and all have their place. What if it were a man swollen with dropsy? And so our happiness is enlarged only as it enters into the enlarged heart. 1 as "overtaken in a fault." So (Nubian, Sabako), an Ethiopian king who brought Egypt under his sway. You have no right to be unconcerned, whether men act rightly or wrongly — whether they are good or bad, That spirit which says: "I will take care of my own self, and let other men take care of themselves," is of the devil. Each must bear his own sin if he persists in it.2. But we can do much to help it by the spirit in which we strive to understand and reach human need. Yes, this is the lesson we all need We cannot change all the inequalities of the world, or heal all its diseases. The nature of His Kingdom is, in proportion as its principles prevail, to bring all evils to an end, and poverty undoubtedly tends to produce and perpetuate evil; e.g., it prevents the acquisition of knowledge, makes decency very difficult, quenches nobler strivings, makes life a drudgery. Then there is the burden of guilt. This man is irascible, thou art dull-tempered; bear therefore with his vehemence, that he in turn may bear with thy sluggishness; and thus neither will he, through thy support, transgress, nor wilt thou offend in the points where thy defects lie, through thy brother's forbearance. Burdens of ignorance. It must not be enough for him that his heart yearns at the tale of calamity, and that he is ready to employ his money and his time in lightening the pressure of which he has been told; he must see to it that he have part in the bearing, as well as in the relieving of the calamity.(H. The apostle introduces the principle of membership, just as he might the simplest and most elementary of truths. 1. (American Homiletic Review.)I. (American Homiletic Review.)I. Paul would have them think of other burdens, by the bearing of which they would fulfil the law of Christ.I. A kind word to your neighbour in trouble, an inquiry at the door when crape hangs there, the pressure of the hand: there is not a man in England so high that he is above the reach of the need of sympathy. Scripture Verses Bible Verses Quotes Bible Scriptures Faith Quotes Galatians 6 2 Philippians 4 Read Letters Christian Facebook Spiritual Encouragement Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. But is any fever of the body so pitiable as the fevers which come upon the soul? In the times of classical antiquity, which our youth are taught to hold in admiration; in the days of heroism and splendid war, which poets have sung and historians have embellished, there were the degraded classes of the community, made to bear the burdens of the rest. We may sympathise with distracting doubts and difficulties, whether as to faith or conduct, by patiently hearing all the doubter's perplexity, by offering in all humility solutions which have satisfied the minds of others, or, if it be so, by showing how we ourselves have groped our way amid such clouds of the mind from darkness to partial light: or at least we may do so by secret prayer, that God in His own good time will lead all who err or waver into the narrow path which struggles upward towards the truth. Guthrie, D. D.Though the lower animals have feeling, they have no fellow-feeling. BEAR YE ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS. A. Washburn, D. D.)Burden-bearingC. Spurgeon. It is the making the griefs of that other mine own; so that the blow is on me as well as on him, and the wound is in my heart as well as in his. It has, and shall have, the approbation of Christ (Matthew 5:7; Matthew 25:34-40). We may sympathise with the penitent sinner, if the providence of God has placed us in such a position as to minister to the wounds of a stricken conscience, by encouraging the confidence of those who would repose it in us, by hearing their griefs and troubles and by leading them to Him who alone can heal the ravages of sin and speak peace to the troubled spirit. Melvill, B. D.The apostle here goes even beyond what he has laid down in another very large and comprehensive precept, "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." We make up our minds to treat babes tenderly, because they are babes. I asked mother to put baby into my little waggon. Taken in connection with the preceding verse this precept means: Whatever thing tends to bend a man, to warp him in his habit of thought, in the conduct of his moral feelings, in the administration of his affections, in the whole range of his social life; whatever may be a man's imperfection, or misdemeanour, or fault, or failing, the command is — "Help him."(H. Take an old gambler — or a young one, it makes no difference which; for they are both alike. Christ's fellowship with men is enduring and valuable because it includes all imaginable sympathy. By compassion bear with their former sins (ver. In the second place, the command of our text should be especially heeded in the family relation. The burden of personal duty.2. "For every man shall bear his own burden." W. A neighbour, who was unable to give aid, personally went round to different friends to solicit money to buy another one. A little four-year-old girl looked up from her play as the dish fell to the floor, and touched by the mother's troubled face she stole to her side, and softly stroking her hand, whispered, "Nice mamma." True, but we must think of what they may be raised to The poorest man is a man altogether, and capable of all a man can be in soul and circumstances. We have to do what no one else can do.4. (1)Not a mere passionate excitement or fluctuating sentiment,(2)but a living principle and persistent habit divinely begotten and sustained.2. What thought or care among hundreds and thousands now, who refuse to give to the man who has done his six days' labour, the day of rest which is his due, because they will not forego one single particle of their ordinary luxury, nor bear any portion of their brother's burden? The nature of His Kingdom is, in proportion as its principles prevail, to bring all evils to an end, and poverty undoubtedly tends to produce and perpetuate evil; e.g., it prevents the acquisition of knowledge, makes decency very difficult, quenches nobler strivings, makes life a drudgery. We fulfil the law of Christ's teaching, and that of His apostles. INDIVIDUALITY TENDS TO DESPAIR.1. The hand that is now ministering to others may sorely need ministration itself. But in offering to these the ministry of Christian love we should avoid everything that is likely to hurt their sensibilities. With him cheating is inevitable. Sedgwick.Amid all the profuse waste of the means of happiness which men commit, there is no imprudence more flagrant than that of selfishness. But the wayfarer, eyeing him suspiciously, mutters to himself, "He wants to steal it;" or else obstinately replies, "I am obliged to you, sir, but I can carry my own luggage."(T. A. Washburn, D. D.You have often noticed, if you have any special disease or malady, how strangely you begin to learn of others who have the same. Lastly, we have each a burden to bear in the hour of death.(M. Greeting. So far as two families can be made one, the sorrows of either are the sorrows of both; and if there were but one vast family on the face of the earth, whatsoever afflicted the individual would afflict the mass... Who can tell us what Christian philanthropy would be, if the law of membership were felt and obeyed. asked one of them. )Burden-bearingAmerican Homiletic Review., M. C. Osborn.I. Why, there was a man who was so situated that he could have possessed himself of a hundred thousand dollars, by just signing his name, and he did not do it I He must have had an almost omnipotent power, or he could not have resisted that temptation." What is the meaning, then, of Bearing? We make up our minds to treat babes tenderly, because they are babes. The selfish man misses the sense of elevation and enlargement given by wide interests: he misses the secure and serene satisfaction that attends continually on activities directed towards ends more stable and permanent than one's own happiness can be; he misses the peculiar, rich sweetness, depending upon a sort of complex reverberation of sympathy, which is always found in services rendered to those whom we love, and who are grateful. A neighbour, who was unable to give aid, personally went round to different friends to solicit money to buy another one. Each must bear his own sin if he persists in it.2. 5).1. Guthrie, D. D.)Real burden-bearingFoster.A poor woman was reduced to extreme poverty by the loss of her cow, her only means of support. One had a concealed ulcer; another a sightless eye; another a besetting sin; another an intolerable debt; another a fearful recollection; another an awful apprehension; and when all the burdens were exposed to view, and each man bidden to make his own selection, every man preferred his own.(W. We shall not bear all the burdens of others. All are burdened.2. The new birth, repentance, faith, love, holiness, fellowship with God, etc., are all personal. We shall not bear all the burdens of others. The loss is a common loss, affecting all equally, and the sorrow of each is literally the sorrow of every other. The hand that is now ministering to others may sorely need ministration itself. "The trivial round, the common task,Will furnish all we ought to ask -Room to deny ourselves, a roadTo bring us daily nearer God?" "And I," said another boy, "thought of a poor old woman, whose eyes were too dim to read. By observing the principles of the text we fulfil the law of Christ. )Sympathy aided by sightH. Toss that pack into my waggon; I am going your way." But the wayfarer, eyeing him suspiciously, mutters to himself, "He wants to steal it;" or else obstinately replies, "I am obliged to you, sir, but I can carry my own luggage."(T. Email. Some of these we are expected to carry ourselves. H. Lewis, D. D.If a company of travellers were journeying towards the same place, some heavily, and others more lightly laden, they could render the way less tedious and endear themselves to each other by mutual assistance, in bearing their burdens.1. It is a rule, also, very applicable to Christian Churches.(W. THERE ARE BURDENS WHICH CANNOT BE SHARED. Is it not enough that such men have to live with themselves, and take the consequences of their own actions? And yet it is evident that so far as Christianity succeeds in restoring the brotherhood which sin has infringed, it will substitute sympathy thus strictly understood, for that which in our present broken state has usurped the definition. Specially: We ought to consider — The erring brother. "The eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee; nor again the head to the feet, I have need of you." This is a great summary of the entire book, as Paul once again refutes the legalistic idea that we can work our way into a relationship with God. "Ah, lads, I see by your looks that you have something to tell me." Obligations cannot be transferred.5. Vanity may court you, and pride may patronize you. Each must bear his own judgment at the last.III. "Oh!" True, but we must think of what they may be raised to The poorest man is a man altogether, and capable of all a man can be in soul and circumstances. A kind word to your neighbour in trouble, an inquiry at the door when crape hangs there, the pressure of the hand: there is not a man in England so high that he is above the reach of the need of sympathy. (Canon Miller. Each must bear his own judgment at the last.III. There is the burden of responsibility. We cannot pass through it without taking a load. The strongest are not always strong. Calamities, distress, bereavement, appeal for sympathy and ministry; and we cannot escape the demands upon us for consideration and help.3. He is made to feel in a thousand various ways, according to the degree of refinement which his nature has attained, the discord between the slightness of his own life and of that larger life of which his own is but an insignificant fraction.(A. Guthrie, D. D.Though the lower animals have feeling, they have no fellow-feeling. Because he has been trained to the very heroism of honesty. Stacey, D. D.I. W. Has he not been subjected to a power of down-pulling, such as I can scarcely form any conception of?" I attended the women's prayer-meeting, and I went home that night scarcely tired at all; and oh, how often the words of that woman came to me, 'If you love me, lean hard — lean hard.' Charles, with opportunities of social advancement and domestic happiness possessed by few within easy reach of him if he chose, preferred the "better part," and resolutely shutting out the bright future that might have been his, sacrificed himself to his sister. R. Phelps.In this work of supplying the conditions of human progress, the State has found from time to time its most powerful helper and its most eloquent teacher in the Church of Christ. (John Eadie, D. D.)The best burden and the highest lawBishop Lightfoot. L. Cuyler, D. D.)The Church a reliever, of burdensL. When you have this abiding spirit of love, so that all your faculties live in it, and have been drilled in it, then, no matter how large a duty seems to be, your performance of it will be just as easy. Beyond nature, we confess it; but not beyond grace. There is, for example, the well-authenticated case of a lady who could not even hear the description of a severe surgical operation, but she felt all the agonies of the patient, grew paler and paler, and shrieked and fainted under the horrible imagination.(T. Toss that pack into my waggon; I am going your way." Christ taught the law of action by(a)His precepts,(b)His life,(c)His death.II. Brightly Relating To Others. And when a man possesses the spirit of Christian love, it is not hard for him to live the life of a Christian.3. A. Raleigh, D. D., Bp. A waggon comes up, and the kind-hearted owner calls out, "Friend, you look tired. Have not I seen the horse enjoy his feed of corn when his yoke-fellow lay a-dying in the neighbouring stall, and never turn an eye of pity on the sufferer? A kind word to your neighbour in trouble, an inquiry at the door when crape hangs there, the pressure of the hand: there is not a man in England so high that he is above the reach of the need of sympathy. A mother hates the disease that is in her child; but does she abandon the child, saying, "I hate morbid conditions of every kind," and let the child die, as a testimony to her dislike of violations of natural law? We do, naturally and inevitably, bear one another's burdens. Every man has a burden distinctly his own.5. "And I," said another boy, "thought of a poor old woman, whose eyes were too dim to read. Stacey, D. D.I. It must have long dwelt with you, until your habits of thought, your instinctive judgments, the expression of your face, the outlook of your eyes, and your very tones, gestures, and attitudes, are animated with it — yea, till it is the spontaneous and inevitable outburst of life in you. I found them, and he dried his tears, and ran off feeling very happy." )Bearing one another's burdensW. We treat sick people with greater forbearance than we do the sound and healthy. The provoking brother, who thinks himself to be something (see ver. I think the bitterest reprehensions of evil which we hear, would be spared, if men would only reflect upon these things.4. The other says, "I hate it; but I am going to work to morrow morning, with my whole force, to drain that marsh." Beyond nature, we confess it; but not beyond grace. You have no right to be unconcerned, whether men act rightly or wrongly — whether they are good or bad, That spirit which says: "I will take care of my own self, and let other men take care of themselves," is of the devil. Positively. One says, "I will not settle here; I will pack up my things, and clear out." There are burdens which we can help other people to bear. Our individual burdens are not so heavy but we have some strength left to give away.2. Truth may put you to discontent.7. K. Marshall.An old fable tells us that Jupiter, finding that each man thought his lot the hardest, caused all men to be brought together for a mutual exchange of burdens. When thunder, following the dazzling flash, has burst among our hills, when the horn of the Switzer has rung in his glorious valleys, when the boatman has shouted from the bosom of a rock-girt loch, wonderful were the echoes I have heard them make; but there is no echo so fine or wonderful as that, which, in the sympathy of human hearts, repeats the cry of another's sorrow, and makes me feel his pain almost as if it were my own. I am thankful that in London you have your Samuel Morley, and other faithful servants of the Lord, who rejoice to be God's switch-tenders, to turn the needy, and the tempted, and the young into paths of sobriety, prosperity, and blessing. )The law of ChristW. Positively. It fitted Him for the ministry of solace. Obligations cannot be transferred.5. It becomes more marked, and the consciousness of it more painful, through the action of sin and suffering.4. The baby was cross, and mother looked sick and sad. 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