Bear One Another’s Burdens
6 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Final Warning and Benediction
See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Galatians 6 Commentary
by Hank Workman
As Paul winds down his letter he makes tremendous statements that could be dissected and applied very easily. He is incredibly practical and encouraging while writes of our need to restore those who have fallen. He speaks of our responsibility within the Body to carry one another’s burdens. Pointedly he says a person reaps what they sow and our need to rely on the Holy Spirit so we remain strong. Like a rallying cry, he tells people to not give up in doing good even when we see no or little results.
Let’s remember the entire theme of this letter – Freedom in Christ. Paul has addressed major thoughts to the false teaching, false teachers who had infiltrated the ranks of the church. His purpose was to expose but also to encourage people to do the right thing and stand firm. Our ability to stand in the middle of such things only comes through the power of the Holy Spirit.
There is no doubt the church in Galatia wanted to grow spiritually. They most certainly wanted to be the vessel of Jesus to their world. I have no doubt many Believers have these same heartfelt desires. Yet as the Galatians were being carried away and misled by the teachings of the Law over grace so too can we. Our culture (both secular and in the Christian realm) continues to blur the lines. It is far too easy to be led in the wrong direction which is contrary to Jesus.
The talking heads and strong opinions of the world can press into the point we begin to believe the things they say. The reality is we must be in submission daily to Jesus. We must give ourselves to the Holy Spirit and seek wisdom and discernment as to how to live and walk. Without our anchor being plunged deep into Him, we can drift. As you know when in a boat, drifting can happen without even realizing it. It’s a slow steady movement that is unnoticeable. If we drift, we slowly go back to the slavery of sin we’ve been liberated from.
As the tides continue to change in our culture and yes even in the church, plunge your anchor deep in Jesus. Hold tight to Him and seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Be empowered to stand against the waves of change.
Galatians 6 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
The problem in the Galatian church was two-fold. As we’ve already outlined, the Jewish Christians were loading laws on top of grace. However, this was causing a huge divide in the church. Here in Galatians 6, Paul addresses this divide by focusing on both the corporate and individual responsibility of believers.
1. corporate: restore him gently
2. individual: watch yourself
3. corporate: carry each other’s burdens
4. individual: each one should test his own actions… each one should carry his own load
5. corporate: share all good things with his instructor
6. individual: do not be deceived… a man reaps what he sows
7. corporate: do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers
(IVP New Testament Commentary)
This is a message to those who are filled with the Spirit. They are ones who must pave the way toward reconciliation, accountability, and restoration. It is often said the church should be a hospital, not a country club. It can’t be a hospital without doctors. True Spirit-led believers must pave the way for spiritual maturity and the equipping for service. This cannot be done until reconciliation takes place.
Gentleness, humility, self-control is the key. So many who attempt to correct others lead with arrogance and anger. This is exactly why the Galatian church was struggling with “biting and devouring one another.”
Another key element of this chapter is Paul’s focus on the responsibility of every Spirit-led believer. In many churches today, the majority of the responsibilities fall upon leadership or a small percentage of the congregation. Paul makes the point that every believer who is filled with the Spirit has a responsibility to serve and exercise their gifts. However, on top of this, every believer must examine themselves to make sure they are walking in the Spirit.