2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.

We are to help one another. God made it that way. We are to come along side those who are hurting and worn out and beat down and help them carry their burden to Jesus. We are to do this without judgments, without complaining, without condemning them for we are no better. We are all in need of a little help sometimes and it’s hard to pick someone else up if you don’t get down to their level.

We are to carry one another’s burdens because Jesus gave us a new command, “A new command I give you: Love one another” Jn 13:34. This law is what should prompt us to lift the burden from our neighbor. We are no longer under the burden of the Law of Moses. Instead, we have been set free from that burden to love like Jesus loved.

We are to look at our own actions and life to keep us from self-righteousness and from looking down on those in need. For we will all be held accountable at the judgment, each man for their own actions. That’s what Paul is saying when he seemingly contradicts himself in stating that “each one should carry their own load”. We are responsible for our own actions or lack thereof. No one else is to blame.

So, we are to be there for one another. Not because we are better than they are, but because we are the same. We are all under grace. Who has God placed in your life to come alongside today?