Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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“Bear” one of those verbs that call for action. The Greek word ( bastazō ) means to take up with the hands, to bear or carry.  This is not a passive verb, it’s a call to action.  This is becoming  a social media fatality, it diminishes  its effect on Facebook, and  from your smart phone.  will not do it justice, it calls for hands on and we are a very “non-hands-on” society.  It’s very easy to become complacent on a computer or a smart phone  rather than to bear another’s burden with out stretched hands. Don’t get me wrong you can be an encouragement on these social media sites,, but some burdens need a physical hand. I have had my share of burdens and I do appreciate the Facebook messages of encouragement, and those who respond on my blogs, are a real blessing. One thing the social media has done is brought people into my life I would have never known without it. But we can’t lose the closeness and tenderness that can be express when someone is going through a burden that an out-stretch hand can provide. Continue to encourage your long distance brother’s and sisters through the social media, but when possible in your church or neighborhood offer an out-stretch hand and fulfill the law of Christ.

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John 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. This is in contrary to the law of Moses, and this was the one area that stood out to these Jewish Galatians you cannot argue against love. If anything drew them into the fold it was the demonstrations of Agape Love. All the doctrine  in the world will not have the same effect the Christ like love. If we display unconditional love we cannot be faulted. It is easy to love a good person but  Christ like love, love’s a bad person, an unlovable person. Christ didn’t come to save the righteous He came to save sinners. After all that Paul has been through since we started this book, with doctrinal issues and false teachers, this is the one verb that can turn a heart of stone into flesh, and angry person into a person to peace. It was the love of God that he sent His Son into the world that might be saved.

Gregory Lane