Bear ye one another’s burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ.
-Galatians 6:2 (KJV)
Christians are to bear one another’s burdens. It is the way of Christ. That’s what He did, right? Remember WWJD? Was that just a fad? Or, did you really take that to heart?
Bear ye one another’s burdens. . .
Wow! That’s heavy. Literally, it is heavy due to what it really means. We are to carry the burdens of our brothers and sisters. We are to feel their pain. That means that we should empathize with others. We are not called to simply stand off to the side and sympathize with them, feeling bad for them and going on.
God wants us to live with the burdens of others as if they are our own. If your brother suffers from addiction, you should live with it. Even if you have never indulged, you are to suffer with your brother and sister as well as seek a remedy as if it were your own life in a shambles. The same goes for homelessness, adultery, selfishness, greed and other things. We need to share with our brothers and sisters.
Let’s be Christlike about it. He went out of His way for us. He suffered for our sakes.