The Apostle Paul wrote this epistle from Antioch before 50 AD. History tells us the name Galatians was given to this Celtic people because they originally lived in Gaul before moving from central Europe to Asia Minor in the third century BC. They settled in the area known today as the Capitol of Turkey. In this book, Paul was addressing the tension between the Jew and Gentile. We could also say it was God's old-covenant people vs. His new-covenant people. It is vitally essential that believers be united through the message of hope, and in a common faith that we call Jesus Christ.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
We are told here to bear one another's burdens. In fact every Christian is encouraged to bear one another's burdens. As we have said in other writings the Apostles were not selfish people. When they received a grace from God they shared it with the church. So we can say the focus isn't on "expect others to bear your burdens." That is self-focused, and always leads to pride, frustration, discouragement, and depression. Instead, God always directs us to be others-focused, and says, "Bear one another's burdens." We are given this simple command to obey. Look for a brother or a sister with a burden, and help them with it. It’s that simple. The early Jew and Gentile Christians were encouraged to look in their communities to seek others to help as we are called to do the same. Everyone knows someone who has experienced grief. It could be a result from the loss of a loved one, a job, or a relationship.
- Reach out.
- Let them know you care.
- Stay in touch.
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