“Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ” (NASB).
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (NIV).
What are examples of carrying each other’s burdens?
Galatians 5:13 talks about freedom and shows that the freedom God gives, true freedom, is other’s centered rather than self-centered. That would correspond well with bearing one another’s burdens. We have freedom in Christ, but there are still expectations Christ has for the believer. One of those is the bear one another’s burdens.
Let’s see where God is going with this command by looking at the whole context (Galatians 6:1-10).
How does verse 1 relate to bearing the burdens of others?
What caution is included here?
What is the point or points of verses 3-5?
Avoid pride and self-exaltation (restore others gently/watch yourself/think of others first)
Don’t compare yourself or your accomplishments to others (Christ is the Standard)
How does verse 5 compare/contrast with verse 2?
What does verse 6 mean and does it only apply to pastors?
Verses 7 and 8 are motive related. We can deceive others by our actions, but not God. Sometimes we serve with good motives, led by the Spirit. Other times we serve in a grudging manner based on improper motives.
What are some examples of improper motives in serving others?
Verse 9 is about endurance. Give some examples of enduring in the Christian life.
Verse 10 is about opportunity and priority. If we are genuine about helping to bear the burdens of others, God will present opportunities. Don’t make opportunities or ignore them either. Go as the Spirit of God leads.
We are to do good to all, but where should our major emphasis be?
Our best testimony of our love for Christ to the world is to love our fellow Christians. If we hate one another, either actively or passively, the world will see us as hypocrites and doubt that we love Jesus and doubt that Jesus can truly change lives. However, if we love one another, the people of this world will do one of two things: they will be interested in finding out more about Jesus, or they will hate us because they hated Him.