To and For

Galatians 6:2, — 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…5 for each one should carry his own load (NIV).

The truth I want to share with you today has the power to set you free and bring balance to your life. Many people do not have a clear understanding of what they are responsible for. They take on things they shouldn’t, and they delegate to others what they should take care of themselves. This is a very unhealthy way to live, but this kind of behavior is the norm for a lot of people.

The problem usually results from insufficient boundaries, or the absence of boundaries altogether. Boundaries define where you end and someone else begins. Some people have a hard time setting boundaries because they are under the misconception that boundaries are confining. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Having appropriate boundaries in place can actually be quite liberating.

The Bible teaches we are responsible to others and for ourselves. Paul said in Galatians 6:2 to carry each other’s burdens. The Greek word for burden in this verse means excess weight. As believers, we have a God-given responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves. When a burden becomes too big for any one person to handle, believers should come alongside that person to help.

Galatians 6:5 teaches that each person should carry his own load. The word load in this verse comes from the Greek word meaning cargo, burden of daily toil. Every individual is responsible for his or her own load. We are to work and be productive. There are certain tasks and duties we are responsible for. No one else is supposed to do them for us.

If you are carrying someone else’s load today, I want to encourage you to stop. You are not responsible for pulling another person’s weight. Also, do not delegate your personal responsibility to others. If you have already blurred the lines, ask God to help you redefine what your job is and isn’t.

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