Week of May 12 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Galatians 6:1-5

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.For each will have to bear his own load.  

Reflect: How do you think carrying one another’s burdens as Paul describes it in verses 1-2 leads to fulfilling the law of Christ?

Consider: Something must be laid aside if a believer is to be a burden-bearer and that is conceit, an attitude that breeds intolerance of error in others and causes one to think he is above failure. The remedy for self-conceit is found in verse 4—everyone is told to test (dokimazetō;  1 Peter 1:7) his own actions. This means that rather than comparing himself with others he should step back and take an objective look at himself and his accomplishments. Then he can take pride in himself over what God has done in and through his life. The Greek word kauchēma, rendered “pride,” means personal exultation, not sinful pride.[1]

Respond: Does carrying one another’s burdens mean solving one another’s problems? Why or why not? If not, what does it look like to truly carry another’s burdens? Which do you think is more difficult—to carry someone else’s burdens or to allow someone else to carry yours? Why?

[1] Donald K. Campbell, “Galatians,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 609.