Bearing Burdens

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  ~ Galatians 6:2

“For each one shall bear his own load (burden – KJV).”  ~ Galatians 6:5

Galatians 6:2 – Paul is simply saying that as we go through life we should be concerned for each other.  We should use every opportunity to do good (Galatians 6:10; Romans 12:13).  Specifically, contextually he is saying that we should help those around us with their spiritual difficulties (Galatians 6:1-2; James 5:19-20).  Additionally, the Bible teaches that we as Christians have an obligation to aid in other areas of life as well (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 10:29-37; 1 John 3:17).

Galatians 6:5 – Paul reminds us that regardless of whether or not others helped us as they should, we each ultimately are responsible for ourselves. What others did or did not do will not excuse in the end.  Each of us personally must appear before the judgment seat of Christ and give account of himself (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Note – The original word is different in the two verses. The word in Galatians 6:2 is “baros.” This word refers to a weight. Wayne Jackson indicates that this word is used of “any type of hardship which is capable of being shared by brethren” (Notes From The Margin Of My Bible Volume 2). The word in Galatians 6:5 is “phortion.” This word is used of  cargo which a ship was designed to carry (Acts 27:10) and of obligations (Matthew 11:30). Wayne Jackson comments, “One must bear his own responsibilities before God. Such cannot be regulated to another” (ibid).

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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