Loving God Enough to Love Those Around You

Read

Galatians 6:2 (CEB)
2Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Reflect

Is it possible that this verse sums up everything we need to know about how to live as a Christian? Carry each other’s burdens…share the load…lend a hand…or, as Jesus would put it, “Love your neighbor.”

What, exactly, does Jesus mean when he tells us to love our neighbors? 1 John 3:17-18, and James 2:14-17, say that we demonstrate the love of God when we meet the physical needs of another, like feeding the hungry and giving clothes to the needy. Going on a mission trip, raising money for a charity, or volunteering to feed the homeless are all ways in which we can carry another’s burdens.

But it doesn’t even have to be something huge like that. You can help carry a burden by listening to a friend’s troubles, saying something nice to somebody, or giving a hug to someone who’s having a bad day.

Around the house, you can help carry the burden by loading the dishwasher, folding the laundry. Maybe you could do a couple household chores for the old lady who lives down the street.

Respond

There are all kinds of burdens. But the cool thing is, you don’t have to be superhero to make a difference. You just have to love God enough to love those around you.

Relate

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.