Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2, HCSB)
I have a confession. I squeeze my toothpaste from the middle. Not only that I was oblivious to this fact for the first 15+ years of marriage.
Over the years we did use stand-up toothpaste tubes that eliminated the controversy. But it was their promise of dazzling white teeth that drew me in. And when kept on the counter, I like the look of stand-up tubes.
But we also regularly purchase the regular toothpaste tubes. And not once in all our years of marriage has Tim complained about the fact he needs to fix the toothpaste tube every few days to keep up with my middle squeezes.
In this way Tim lives out what it means to carry one another’s burdens and lives out the fruits of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, goodness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, HCSB)
I like the Bible versions that list the fruit of the Spirit as patience rather than forbearance or longsuffering. Patience rolls off the tongue and sounds easier to live out.
But both patience or forbearance come from the Greek word makrothymia which translates as “patience, forbearance, long-suffering, slowness in avenging wrongs.”
Dictionary.com defines forbear as: “1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from 2. To keep back; withhold; 3. Obsolete. To endure.” We need to practice all three to carry one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ.
How To Carry One Another’s Burdens:
Refrain. Tim refrained from complaining about my middle squeezes.
Withhold. He withheld the fact I squeezed the toothpaste from the middle.
Endure. Tim endured and fixed my mistakes, making it easier on me.
Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice. (Romans 15:5-6, HCSB)
Carrying one another’s burdens allows us to live in harmony with one another. But we need God’s Spirit working in and through us to walk this out. Relying on Him and trusting His enabling grace will carry us too.
Reminder for the heart: Christ carries our burdens and enables us to carry other’s burdens too.Christ carries our burdens and enables us to carry other's burdens too.Click To Tweet