We Must Pull Together!

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

I. “Bear . . .”

A. “to take up in the hands, to place upon in order to carry, to pull”

B. It is intentional.

C. It costs something of you.

II. “one another’s . . .”

A. All men bear something.  All men bear sin.

B. God himself modeled this principle in His own Son.

Jesus bore our fragile human state.
Jesus bore our curse of working to eat.
Jesus bore the curse of our shame.
Jesus personally bore my sin.

C. It is God’s Divine plan that Believer’s lean upon one another.

Martin Luther said that Christians need “broad shoulders and husky bones.”

D. None of us are exempt from the need for a burden bearer.

E. The Love of Christ is the basis of burden bearing.

III. “burdens . . .”

A. Life brings load.

Simple chores
School assignments
Dealing with your own feelings
Relationships
Temptation
Guilt
Responsibilities
Living and making a living
Nurturing a family
Lost Dreams
Concern for those you love
Spiritual Warfare
Health issues
Suffering

B. We all bear burdens.

C. Jesus has promised rest from our burdens.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28

D. It is God’s design for the Family of God that we bear and share our burdens.

IV. “and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

A. Nowhere else in scripture does Paul use this exact phrase. “law of Christ”

B. So what is the law of Christ?
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”   John 15:12-13

C. The mutual bearing of burdens is a hallmark of the Family of God.

To exclude one’s self from that is self-deceit. (see verse 3)

Are you trying to bear your burdens alone?
Will you allow the Family of God to come along side you as you come alongside others?

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