“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6.2
Twelve words that could change the makeup of the body of Christ if we all took them personally. Paul’s instructions seem simple enough: “Bear one another’s burdens.” But what does that mean? How do I do that? What kind of burdens are we talking about? These are all legitimate questions. So let’s look at them. (1) What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens? That could mean a number of things, such as experiencing an emotional trauma – the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a broken relationship, a spiritual problem or extreme health problems. (2) How do I do that? It may be a simple as remembering to pray for them, or as demanding as taking time to minister to them in their home and anything in between that. If it is a spiritual problem, you could offer to help in whatever way they would need you to do so – praying, mentoring, coaching, loving them through a dark valley. If it is a job loss, you may be able to assist them in their job search. If it is a financial need with which you can assist, do what the Lord leads you to do. If they need food, again do whatever God leads you to do.
So what does all this have to do with fulfilling “the law of Christ”? If Christ were standing in your place and knew what you know about someone’s burden, what would He say to you to do? We find these words in James 2.14-16: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (15) If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, (16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” That seems to me to be a Biblical response to “fulfilling the law of Christ.” Just my thoughts …