9/10/2017 – The Law of Christ

The Law of Christ

Gal 6:1-5    bear one another’s burdens and thereby fulfill the law of Christ

  • Read your own mail! Balance: Bear burdens AND carry your own load.

The law of Christ:   John 13:34-35     a new commandment I give to you…

  • Jesus loved us by stooping down to meet our need. By being touched with the feeling of our infirmities.

The surest measure of health in a local church is its demonstration of authentic, restorative love, which is the fruit of a maturing believer.

1 If anyone is caught in a trespass…

How we deal with manifest sin is a good indicator of whether we have been maturing in love or into legalism. Love seeks restoration from a place of humility; legalism condemns from a place of self-righteousness.

2  Bear one another’s burdens…

  • Burden = an oppressive weight – specifically the weight of sin and its consequences
  • A spiritual person will help carry this load

Ecc 4:9-10  Two are better than one…

  • Most who end up at rock bottom got there because no one was there to help them when they fell.
  • God uses people!


5  For each one will bear his own load. 

  • Load = the cargo of a ship – it’s what YOU carry
  • Eventually, each must also rise, pick up our palates and walk!

There is no “freeloading” in the body of Christ. Every member who receives is also required to give — in whatever measure s/he is capable of.  Every member must “carry his/ her own weight, ” freely receiving and freely giving what s/he can.

  • Some things need to be carried by the grace of God – not by another!



1 Cor 12:12-27

What is a current burden/ need for which you would appreciate help from the body?


What kind of need(s) do you most enjoy (or feel most skilled) at  meeting?