Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
The Bible says that in this world we will have trouble. Trials will come our way even though we are Christians. So why is that when trials come our way we want to hide them, keep them to ourselves and pretend that all is well? My husband is a pastor and he often talks about the “Sunday morning get ready trials”. We stress, yell, argue all the way to church, then the moment we pull into the parking lot we turn on our smiles and pretend life is grand. In other words, Christians like to quick change from a life with burdens to a life that is full of rainbows and unicorns. We want everyone to think our life is just grand.
If God gives us a command to share each others burdens then two things are for sure. One is that we will have burdens and two is that we should share them. I grew up in a good home with loving parents, however we grew up being told that “what happens in this house, stays in this house.” In other words, keep your burdens to yourself. Some of you reading this know what I mean.
Today families are dealing with burdens such as, a child cutting, a teenager trying to commit suicide, a family member addicted to porn, a loved one struggling with homosexuality, a couple considering divorce, a spouse is having an affair, a child is stealing, alcoholism or drugs or both are ruining a family members life, a child has to take care of a sick parent, and the list goes on.
The thing they all in common is that in some cases no one knows. In other cases a friend may know but is sworn to secrecy. WHY? Pride. The devil has convinced us that people will judge us, we will be deemed a failure, others will talk about us, feel sorry for us or worse yet will not have anything to do with us. If God wanted us to bear our own burdens he would have never given us this command he gave us in todays scripture.
I do not know what burden you are bearing today but I challenge you to share it with other Christians, good strong mature ones, and ask them to help you bear your burdens. They will help you by listening, praying for you and imparting wisdom. Don’t hide your burdens anymore. Stop your quick change routine and be real. Be real with your burdens. Start by sharing them today and begin to heal.