Paul and the Three Bears

Once upon a time there were three bears, a baby bear – a mama bear, and a papa bear. In Galatians 6 Paul also mentions a story of three bears. The First Bear: “Bear ye one another’s burdens” (V.2). This type of burden is simply too heavy for to bear alone. This burden becomes lighter when it is shared. You learn that two are better than one. When you have a burden to bear, do not resist help, but learn to respond to the help of others. Share your burden with someone who cares. Let the Lord impress you to talk to a certain person you know who really cares. Do not withdraw alone! Pray for a mentor, encourager, and spiritual helper, then let them know you need to share a personal burden with them. Also Christians should be alert and respond to those who need help. Why? Because we are commanded to bear one another’s burdens. As you care, they share,then you help bear it. No one should bear their burden alone. Sometimes you do not need to say anything, but just be “there” in the time of need. The Second Bear: “For every man shall bear his own burden” (V.5) There are some burdens that you must bear alone. It could be compared to a soldier with his knapsack that he alone must carry. It is compared to a mother with a baby in her womb that only she can bear. Others may be aware, but they cannot help. There are some burdens you and others cannot change. You did not cause it, and you cannot correct it. You must accept it as a fact or way of life. Paul prayed three times for a special burden that he alone had to bear. He never once revealed his burden. The Lord did not respond, but said, “My grace is sufficient” (II Cor. 12:9). You may not be able to tell others, but you can tell the Lord. This burden cannot be shared by others, but He can help you to bear it. His grace is e’nuff. God may not still your storm, but He can still you in the storm. As Paul, learned that His grace is enough. Trust the Lord to make all things work together for your good and His glory. The Third Bear: “For I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (V.17). You may bear a deep burden from the past. Paul is referring to scars from past hurts. It happened in the past, but the scar (mark) still remains. There are some past pains that may be hard to bear. Do not let the past control your future. Realize you cannot change the past, but you can change the future. During this time; it may seem that God is silent. But He is busy working all things together for your good and His glory. This has been the story of three bears. The rest of the story is that we simply need more “Care Bears.”

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