“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
How do we share our burdens?
In church, we may be surrounded by brothers and sisters we have known for years, and some perhaps for a lifetime. But how deep are our relationships? How well do we know one another? What do we know about their lives?
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Gal 3:27)
At political campaign meetings, people often wear a certain color of clothes (e.g. blue or red) to reflect their political stance or the party that they belong to. The clothes that we choose to wear often reflect our status, our values, and even our priorities. In the verse above, what does Paul mean by having “put on Christ”?
While preparing for a J1 class and looking through a closet of old textbooks and activity booklets, I noticed something unusual. A few of the activity books had names written on them, which was strange because we only kept blank versions of the activity books. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the activity book belonged to another sister who was around my age. And sure enough, behind her activity book sat my own J1 activity book – from 10 years ago.
In Psalm 17, David wrote, “I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress,” (v.3) and “Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer” (v.4). At the conclusion of the psalm, he further wrote:
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
Where did David get this kind of confidence? Does it mean that David saw himself as perfect and that he demanded God to help him? Continue reading
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor 4:8-9)
Have you ever felt like your life was shattered by unpredictable troubles? How do you cope with your difficulties and anxieties? In the above verse, the apostle Paul described four devastating experiences and how each crisis was turned around. These troubles show that Paul was weak, yet he was not defeated. This tells us that God gives strength to the weak and also works through weak people like Paul.