Everyone has burdens to bear, but you do not have to suffer alone. Typically, when faced with hardship and pain, one keeps their troubles to themselves. It is human nature not to want to burden others with our problems. We may vent or share our issues, but we seldom look to others for help. When we do, it is often our last resort. Paul said in Galatians 6:1-3, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
It is the function of the church to both equip the saints for the work of the ministry and to edify one another (Eph 4). Therefore, when you share your burdens with the church, you can both be spiritually equipped and edified to deal with those burdens. However, Paul admonishes those “who are spiritual,” to restore those who are caught up in any trespass. Therefore, it is vital that we do not seek advice and counsel from those who are sinners. When you suffer and are struggling with sin, when you are perplexed by life’s anxiety, share those sufferings, sins, and anxieties with the church. It is our aim to not only equip and edify but to bear one another’s burdens so as to fulfill the law of Christ.
DO YOU CARE ABOUT THE BURDENS OF OTHERS?
Christians should have compassion on the sick and afflicted (Matt 25:34–40). Christians will be known by their love (John 13:35 f; 1 John 4:20). Christians must encourage others not to sin or fall away (Heb 3:13). Christians should look after the widows and orphans (James 1:27). Christians must do good unto all men but especially fellow brethren (Gal 6:10).
DO YOU STARE AT THE BURDENS OF OTHERS?
Christians should not look at the fallen and walk the other way (Luke 10:25-37). They should come to the aid of others (Matt 25:41-46). Christians should lift up the weak (Heb 12:12). Christians should not turn a blind eye to the needy (James 2:16).
DO YOU SHARE THE BURDENS OF OTHERS?
Christians do not have to be overwhelmed by their heavy load (Matt 11:28-30). Christians do not have to be alone with their trials (1 Cor 10:13). Christians should communicate about sin and burdens with one another (Matt 18:15-17). Christians should bear one another’s joys and burdens (Romans 12:9–16).
DO YOU BEAR YOUR OWN BURDENS?
Christians need to start looking for aid from above and not for earthly gratification (Col 3:1-2 f; 2 Cor 4:18). Christians are given supernatural strength (Philip 4:13 f; 1 Peter 5:10). Christians are promised that God will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5). Christians give aid to each other (2 Cor 8:13-14 f; Lk 12:48).
Conclusion: What will you do with your burdens? Will you seek relief? Will you seek strength? Come to Jesus and He will give you rest! Christians reach out their helping hands to give comfort to those who are burdened, even when they themselves are also going through trials and tribulations (2 Tim 3:12 f; 1 Peter 4:16-19). God never promised a Christian a life free from burdens, but He does promise that they will never be forsaken. Remember, as a Christian, you never have to walk alone.