“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2/NIV).
Today I am moving back to the first part of 1 Corinthians 13:7: Love “beareth all things”. I had written much of this post earlier, yet I did not publish it. In the English King James Version we find the same word ‘bear’ in 1 Corinthian 13:7 and in Galatians 6:2. Obviously Galatians 6:2 points us to an important love principle of things a Christian is called to bear.
In my other posts on ‘Love beareth all things’ I have been writing a lot about being steadfast in difficult times. I have emphasised personal faith and reliance upon Jesus Christ. You may reread these posts referring to my categories or you may freely download them as a free e-booklet, which is still offered on the top of my site.
Beyond being steadfast in difficult times, there is something else I would not be happy to omit. Christian believers are meant to support and to help each other when in difficulties. This too is a way how we can remain spiritual and loving in spite of problems and adversities.
Please note that Paul describes this as a way to fulfil the law of Christ. If you think back to Matthew 7 and the challenge to build our house on the rock, this will be one way to obey the words of Jesus.
We are to strengthen each other even in our weaknesses and struggles. The strength of a church will very much depend on whether individual believers follow this principle.
In the King James Version this verse reads: “Bear ye one another’s burdens…” From that we may conclude that love that “beareth all things” will also bear with the weaknesses and failures of other believers.
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees! Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12+13/NIV).
Oftentimes we may not know how we can strengthen and lift each other. Weaknesses and failures of fellow believers may tend to wear us down too. Yet we can pray for each other. The Lord knows all of us. He knows what we need. He can lift us up.