About christian love / Περί χριστιανικής αγάπης

Commenting on Galatians 6:1, 2, (NAB) which says, “my brothers, if someone is detected in sin, you who live by the spirit should gently set him right, each of you trying to avoid falling into temptation himself. Help carry one another’s burdens; in that way you will fulfill the law of Christ”, John R. W. Stott writes:

It is very impressive that to ‘love one another,’ ‘bear one another’s burdens’ and ‘fulfill the law’ are three equivalent expressions. It shows that to love one another as Christ loved us may lead us not to some heroic, spectacular deed of self-sacrifice, but to the much more mundane and unspectacular ministry of burden-bearing. When we see a woman, or a child, or an elderly person carrying a heavy case, do we not offer to carry it for them? So when we see somebody with a heavy burden on his heart or mind, we must be ready to get alongside him and share his burden. Similarly, we must be humble enough to let others share ours. To be a burden-bearer is a great ministry. It is something that every Christian should and can do. It is a natural consequence of walking by the Spirit. It fulfills the law of Christ.

John R. W. Stott, Only One Way: The Message of Galatians, pages 158, 159

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