September 17, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter B



Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter A to read the previous post on the letter A.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland


     Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

     Today is the second in a series of weekly devotionals I’m writing based on twenty-six verses in the Bible, one for each letter of the alphabet. I am using a list of verses I received from an old friend, Bill Sollinger, many years ago.

          Galatians 6:1-10        Bear One Another’s Burdens1Brothers, 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. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.3For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.4But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.5For each will have to bear his own load. 6One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 7Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.8For 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.9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.10So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (English Standard Version)

     According to many persons who watch the world scene, we tend to approach faith in one of two ways:

  • It’s all about our personal salvation and our relationship with God, or
  • Faith calls us to love of God, neighbor and self.

     Both ways are appropriate faith actions, but the first tends to be less concerned with issues of social justice. The second approach leads to saying that we are all in this life together and that anything I do that hurts, or disadvantages, my neighbor diminishes who I am.

     What does it mean to “bear one another’s burdens”? We need to (more…)

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