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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sharing Your Burden

Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2, NLT).

What burden might you need to share? Whatever is too heavy for you to carry alone. This kind of burden usually tears you up emotionally and robs you of hope. Often Jesus helps you carry this burden by sending someone into your life you can trust with your struggle. However, if you bury that burden inside, you might miss the help He has sent. Realize that He has made a way to lighten your load. Take advantage of His offer. When you share your burden, you lose your sense of being alone. You pull down walls that have isolated and kept you in turmoil. When you share an emotional burden, you share your pain with not only the person He has brought to you, you also open your heart to the healing work of the Holy Spirit. When you admit anger, hurt, bitterness, resentment, feelings of rejection, and any other negative emotion, sharing helps your lose an unwillingess to forgive. Sharing also makes you look at yourself and what you are carrying from an objective perspective. Sometimes you have to deal with a false sense of pride in your life. Sometimes you have to face your own liability in a problem, and ask forgiveness for your part in the matter. Other times you just have to forgive as He has forgiven you.

When the Holy Spirit sends someone to you, never ignore His gift to you by denying that you carry a burden. Don't miss God's help to lighten your load. Open your heart and obey the law of Christ. In sharing you actually shed what you were never meant to carry alone. When you share you gain healing! You gain freedom from the bondage of pain! You experience forgiveness! You gain support in knowing you are not alone!

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