In Galatians 6:1-18 we read of three bears. Not the 3 bears from the Goldilocks story, of course, but three bears that Christians must bear.
- Bear ye one another’s burdens 6:1-2
- Bear your own burdens 6:3-5
- Bear the marks of the Lord Jesus 6:11-18
These three bears are intimately involved in our walk as children of the Lord.
Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens
- Psalm 142:4, no man cared for my soul. Such a sad verse.
- Deuteronomy 31:6. He it is that doth go with thee… The Lord Thy God
- Matthew 28:20 Jesus said… “Lo I am with you always…
If God loves my brother in Christ I must bear with him as well. In mutual burden bearing we should seek to help those who have gone astray. Not as a way of demonizing them, but as a loving way to bring them back in alignment, like setting a bone back in place after a break.
- Galatians 6:1, in the spirit of meekness,
From sincerity of concern and welfare for the other person. We see this pattern in nature. Geese work together to help each other fly longer, fly safer, and even work to help each other through illness, until they can return to the flock. Christians are told to be ready to help burden the load.
- Philippians 2:4, look on the things of others. We are to help those around us.
- Philippians 2:5, this mind in you which was in Christ Jesus. Our spiritual welfare.
- 1 Peter 3:8 having compassion one with another.
Bear Your Own Burden
We see a different kind of burden here when we look at root of the word used. ESV, load (burden), phortion… the load a soldier was to carry. In the previous usage, the word is Barus, vs 2. Cargo… need help with that.
But in 6:5 we are to bear your own burden, the individual load we each are given. We need to help those in times of tragedy or loss. But in each day we are to bear our own pack.
- Matthew 25:1-2, the ten wise and foolish virgins.
I can’t borrow another person’s righteousness. I can’t go to the judgment seat of Christ and borrow from the righteousness of someone else.
- 2 Corinthians 5:10
- Revelation 20:12-15, whosoever was not found int he book of life was cast in the lake of fire.
Every man judged according to THEIR work. Each one is responsible for themselves. Jesus died for each of us, but we each are responsible to answer the call of Christ.
Bear the Marks of the Lord
Marks = Greek, Stigma… a tattooed mark, or a mark burnt in, a brand.
“A tattooed mark’ or ‘a mark burnt in, a brand’… ‘It is probable that the Apostle refers to the physical sufferings he had endured since he began to proclaim Jesus as Messiah and Lord’…" -Vine’s dictionary of NT words.
- Luke 14:27-28 Bear his cross, and come after me… counteth the cost.
Paul, counted the cost.
We bear the marks of whatever enslaves us. Servants bear the mark of their master. We should bear the mark of The Master.
- Matthew 5:13-14, the salt of the earth, the light of the world.
Christ is the light of the world, and we bear His marks and thus, are the salt and light of the earth.
- 2 Corinthians 3:102, Ye are our epistles written in our hearts, know and read of all men.
The congregation is the fruit of Paul’s labor. People could look at them, and see the work that Paul started. Are we that for Christ? A Christian must ever have the name of Jesus written on him, the name of Christ.
- We should follow his steps, 1 Peter 2:21-22
Are we willing to bear scars for Christ?
What are some of the marks, scars we are to bear?
- Have compassion for the lost, and bearing heavy burdens
- Correcting Christians that stray, James 5:19-20
- Have compassion on the pour. What you have done for others you do for Christ., Matthew 25:34-36.
- We have to have humility, Matthew 23:11-12, he that exalted himself shall be abased, he that humbles self shall be exalted
- Doing good to all men, Galatians 6:9-10, Grow not weary in doing good, doing good unto ALL men, especially those of the household of faith.
We must bear the burdens of others. But we can’t help others unless we ourselves are in a right relationship with God ourselves.
- Matthew 7:5, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye.
We can’t cast out the beam from our eye until we wear Christ. We have to be clothed into Christ, having been baptized into his death, Galatians, 3:27, Romans 6;1-6. You can become a child of God if you believe that Jesus is the son of God, and are willing to repent of your sins, confess His name, and be baptized for the washing away of your sins.