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Love Bears Burdens

Posted by Matt McGowen on

You can't fix anyone, but you can point them to the One who can.

Read Galatians 5:25-6:5

Discussion Questions:

  • Share about the best or worst experience you've had moving or helping someone move.
  • Read 1 John 4:7-10.  John defines true love as ACTIVE and SACRIFICIAL.  Love is more than a feeling.  Why does this matter and how is it our model for practicing the 'one anothers?'
  • In Galatians 5:25-26 we see that pride and envy destroy community and are opposed to the Spirit-led life.  How are you tempted to pride and envy?
  • How are you rooting out pride and envy in your life? How can this group help?
  • Love Passionately Pursues Restoration. The prime example Paul gives of burden-bearing is coming alongside a brother or sister who is tangled in sin.  Love seeks restoration.  The word 'restore' is the word used for resetting a broken bone. Love comes alongside gently and humbly.  Love asks, 'Is this God's best for you? How can we help?'  
    • If you had a broken bone, what kind of doctor would you want?
    • What are pitfalls to watch out for when confronting a fellow believer who is tangled in sin?
    • When has someone done this for you?
  • The destination for our sin burden is the cross of Jesus Christ. You can't fix anyone but you can point them to the one who can.  How do we do this?
  • Love Patiently Bears Others' Burdens.  In Galatians 6:2 Paul broadens the scope beyond sin burdens. We carry all kinds of burdens - health, grief, relational, etc.  What are some practical ways we can 'bear each others' burdens?'
  • In Galatians 6:5 Paul says each one will bear his/her own load.  He is not contradicting himself but is pointing to the future day of judgment. How can we live today in light of that day?
    • One day we will each stand before God and will answer for whether or not we carried each others' burdens. We'll answer for what we did with what we were given.
    • Your burden of responsibility before God is something no one else can carry for you.  
  • This passage is not encouraging you to feel entitled to have your burdens carried. It is a challenge to help carry the burdens of others. What is one SPECIFIC way you can apply this passage this week?
  • Sometimes we help someone move and drop something valuable.  In the same way, sometimes we step in to help bear a burden and we make a big mess. This keeps YOU humble, and keeps THEM reliant on Jesus.  You were never the solution anyway! When have you tried to help and made a bigger mess?  
  • When carrying burdens with others, how can you make a big deal out of Jesus instead of yourself?

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