Gal 6:2 (LOGOS) “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.”
When Jesus was asked, “which is the great commandment in the law?” He responded, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40 (LOGOS).
In the account of Luke, “And who is my neighbour?” was the question that immediately followed. Jesus responded to this question by telling a story where a Samaritan was neighbour to a Jew, see Luke 10:29-37.
The Samaritans were considered unholy and were despised by the Jews. But the action of the Samaritan qualifies him as a neighbour to a Jew. What did he do? He showed mercy (Luke 10:37).
We are admonished in today’s text to bear one another’s burden and so fulfill the law of Christ and just like it was asked Jesus, someone may want to ask, who’s burden should I bear? Should I just go looking for a burden to bear? Who qualifies as ‘one another’?
According to Luke 10:37, he that showed mercy was the neighbour to the Jew in the story. Likewise, the one whom you have the capacity to help or show mercy is the one whose burden you should bear. Note that, this person may not necessarily be a next-door neighbour, friend, relative, or believer. If God has given you the capacity to help or show mercy to anyone just go ahead and do it, remembering that Jesus went about doing good (Acts 10:38). It is in doing this that you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Go into today knowing that, bearing the burden of another shows that you love and prove that you are Jesus’ disciple (John 13:35).
Prayer: Ask God for grace to fulfill the law of Christ.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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