Daily Devotion

Be a Burden Bearer

December 3, 2018

“Carry each other’s burdens, and…you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2 NIV

Everyone you meet is hiding something, and it’s not because they’re deceptive. It’s because some wounds are too personal to talk about. When you receive a harsh word from your husband, the pain can be too deep to discuss. Or when your husband hears acid words from you, he’s crushed inside but can’t show it. So you both go off to lick your wounds, and try to avoid comments and questions from others. Is that where you are today—struggling with something too difficult to talk about? If so, remember other people are struggling too! Often their anger is a symptom of their hurt, and their seeming aloofness is just hiding their fear of being known and perhaps rejected. Jesus saw the best in people, and He went out of His way to be gracious to them and lift their burdens. Do you remember how He treated the woman caught in the act of adultery? (See Jn 8:1-11). He lifted her up, because with Him every weed is a potential rose! Remind yourself that others are going through things they’re not discussing with you. They’re crying tears you don’t see and feeling isolated in ways you can’t imagine. So instead of adding to their burden, try to ease it. You may be the only healer that crosses their path today. And when you help lift their burden—God will lift yours. The Bible says, “Whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord” (Eph 6:8). Today, ask God to make you a burden bearer.