God commands believers to bear one another’s burdens. †Implied in this command is that we must allow others to bear our burdens as well. †To me, this is harder than bearing the burdens of others.
I would rather shoulder my own load and not bother others. †Sometimes this is because of pride. †I donít want to appear weak. †I donít want others to know that Iím struggling with discouragement or unbelief.
Many times itís because of the fear of man, or craving the approval of others that I donít share my burdens. †I donít want others to know I fail as a parent. †I donít want others to know Iím having challenges with my teen or that Iíve been harsh or lax. †I want to look like I have it all together, that Iím the perfect parent.
I donít want others to know Iíve sinned. †I donít like to admit Iíve lied or given a false impression, or given in to lust or anger. †I donít want others to know Iíve been living in unbelief. †Iíll just work through this myself.
Sometimes I fail to let others bear my burdens because Iím unteachable.† I think I can figure things out on my own.† Thanks for your suggestions, Tonto, but I got this one under control. †After all, Iím the LONE Ranger, remember? †Maybe the Marlboro Man could use your advice.
We need friends who will ask questions, like, ďHow are you doing in your heart? †Are you tempted to unbelief or discouragement? †Are you tempted to anger or being cold toward your child? †Is Facebook a source of temptation for you in the midst of your marriage problems? †Are you feeling bitter toward that person who sinned against you?Ē
Itís humbling. †But humility is the path to victory. †If we seek to cover our sins we wonít prosper, but if we confess and forsake them, weíll find mercy.
How about you? †Do you struggle to allow others to bear your burdens?