“Fulfill The Law Of Christ” ( Galatians 6: 2, ESV ) by Carley Evans


“Bear [or carry] one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Yet within the next few sentences of his letter to the Galatians, Paul adds: “For each will have to bear his own load.” (Galatians 6: 4)

 

Carry your own load, but look to your neighbor — to help him bear his load. Look to your neighbor — not for help with your own burdens — but in order to help him carry his.

 

Jesus says, “You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends His rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5: 43-45)

 

So, Jesus is saying that it is not enough to help your neighbor; you must also help your enemy carry his burden. And when you examine this, of course your enemy necessarily carries a heavier burden than does your neighbor. Your enemy’s burden includes hatred, vengeance, bitterness, rage. How do you help one such as this with a load so enormous? Jesus gives us the answer — through prayer.

 

“If you love those who love you, what reward do you have?” asks Jesus. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5: 46, 48)

“Love Is From God” (2 Thessalonians 1: 3, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul says that the right thing to do is to give thanks to God for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to thank God for their abundant spiritual growth. We are to be pleased that our brothers and sisters in Christ love each other.

The author of 1 John writes, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God.” (1 John 4: 7)

Paul encourages us to “speak the truth in love” so as “to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 15)

What does he mean to “speak the truth in love?”

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge… A gentle tongue is a tree of life… The lips of the wise spread knowledge.” (Proverbs 15: 1 – 2, 4, 7)

As we speak truth, knowledge, wisdom to our brothers and sisters, we are to keep a gentle tongue bathed in the love of God. We are to “restore [others] in a spirit of gentleness.” We are to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6: 1, 2)