Jesus calls us to share each other’s burdens. But what does it really entail? Help your loved one with three simple steps.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.Galatians 6:2 NIV
Our human condition includes suffering of one sort or another. Jesus said we will fulfill His law by carrying each other’s burdens. Does that mean we’re called to solve everyone else’s problems? To drop our own lives to cater to the hurting?
Carrying someone’s burden doesn’t mean ‘fixing’ things. If you’re someone who tries to fix everyone’s problems, you might benefit from my post on Stop Trying to Fix It.
Carrying each other’s burdens is actually pretty simple, but sometimes we lose sight of the basics during a time of crisis. Below are three simple steps.
Having someone actually listen with empathy is very therapeutic. You can’t solve everyone’s problems, but you can lend your ear. Keep your heart open and your mind engaged, and the right words will come to you as you show you’re listening and you care.
Conversation openers include:
Then follow the cues as to how open the person wishes to be with you.
You can use simple sentences to show you’re listening and you care.
Friendships are like precious jewels, especially when we’re suffering. But sometimes friends disappear when trouble hits.
Be that jewel for someone you love by showing up when they need it most.
There are so many easy ways to be a friend.
Putting forth any effort to show you’re thinking about someone and care about how they’re doing lightens their load, even for that instant.
Don’t forget about the power of prayer.
Showing your care and concern is the way to share someone’s burden. Don’t let your discomfort stop you from extending an act of love. Jesus has asked you to share that burden.
How do you share someone’s burden? Let me know in the comments.