“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.” (Galatians 6:1–6, NIV)
The New Living Translation says it like this:
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:1–5, NLT)
The Lord Jesus said the whole law could be summed up in loving God and loving our neighbor Matt. 22:37-40.
James calls it the “Royal Law” James 2:8 So if you are walking in the Spirit of Christ this will be the prominent characteristic of your life and nature. An interesting Greek word is used by Paul here, a Greek term which means “an extremely heavy and unbearable load, one person alone can’t carry” There are many “Loads or Burdens” people carry along life’s path. Some are just too much for them to handle alone; wether they admit it or not… It could be something as simple as a physical need for help; but this passage goes much deeper in suggesting a spiritual burden like guilt over some sinful weakness or huge mistake. They need help. We as Christ’s representatives, if we are walking in the Spirit should recognize this and in the Sprit of Love offer whatever help we can give. This is not a command per say as much as it is something that we should “want to do” if The Holy Spirit is living within us. Our helping them carry this burden could be as simple as just being there to talk and pray with them as long as it takes to lighten their load. In this way we will be making the world a happier place as we encourage each other in these things. And maybe even expand the Kingdom of God a little more by bringing our straying or weak neighbors by the Spirit that lives in us. As we are reminded here, none of us should think we are above helping a fallen fellowman because “we” have gotten passed whatever it may be; this “holier than thou” attitude has no place in Christianity; if someone has it, they are not nearly what they think they are and are likely the next candidate for a fall. Then they will need help. As the old saying goes “what goes around comes around” So true.
Verse 6 is not a contradiction of verse 2, it is simply saying that we should not carry the whole load for them; but ‘help’ them carry it as they do their part… or, you can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves…
Daniel W Isrite