“Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2).
As believers, we are free from the law written in stone, but bound to the law of Christ written in our hearts (2Cor 3:3). This law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus offers no condemnation and is described as the doctrine of love, grace, and selflessness.
So, what exactly is the Law of Christ?
Simply put, it is the teachings and commands of Jesus Christ in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the new standard of righteousness for Christians. This includes new standards set by Jesus such as the teachings on adultery, divorce, loving your neighbor, and forgiving your enemies.
In Galatians 6:2, Paul says we should "bear one another's burdens." Here are five ways to fulfill this law of Christ by "bearing each other's burden."
- Listen actively and empathize: By truly understanding and feeling the struggles of those around us, we can offer comfort and support (1Cor 1:3-4).
- Offer help and assistance: This can be as simple as lending a hand or providing practical support, or as complex as offering financial or emotional assistance (James 1:27).
- Speak words of encouragement: A kind word can go a long way in lifting someone up and helping them to feel supported (Heb 3:13).
- Be present and available: Letting others know that you are there for them, and making time to be with them, can provide a sense of comfort and security (Mat 25:41-43).
- Practice forgiveness and understanding: Forgiving others for their mistakes, and seeking to understand their perspectives and motivations, can help to reduce tensions and resolve conflicts (Mat 6:14-15).
In conclusion, the Law of Christ is an important part of our faith as Christians and can be fulfilled by "bearing each other's burden." By actively listening, offering help, speaking words of encouragement, being present, and practicing forgiveness, we can fulfill this law of love, grace, and selflessness.