Sharing burdens isn’t always easy. There are certain people in my life that I’m willing to share things with in detail, while others I may give a short variation of the same story. Some may even find me very closed off. My walls go up immediately. Trust has a lot to do with how much I’m willing to share.
Not everyone will understand what I’m going through, so having someone who understands is another factor that affects my willingness.
How laidback or overbearing a person is makes a difference as well. If I find someone to be pushy and they don’t give me any room to make the appropriate adjustments based on what I’m dealing with and how it lines up with what God wants for me, then I just won’t share. I’ll share with someone who listens and makes helpful suggestions instead.
I can work with suggestions. Not everything will work for me, but I find myself filing those things away in my mind and pulling them back out again as I can use them.
Wise counsel and concern are always appreciated, especially when it comes from someone you know cares and just wants the very best for you. How we respond to those who share with us matters just as much as sharing does.
Sharing our burdens isn’t the only thing that needs to be learned. We also must learn to be trustworthy, kind, compassionate and gentle listeners.
Assist One Another
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”Galatians 6:2
“Sympathize with and assist each other, in all your weaknesses, grievances, trials. The apostle alludes to the custom of travellers, who, when too heavily laden with their baggage, relieve one another by bearing the burdens of the weak or fatigued, and in that manner show their good disposition toward each other; and so fulfil the law of Christ — Even that law of love, which he particularly and especially enjoins, terming it his new commandment, and making it the distinguishing mark of his disciples; and surely we may willingly receive that law from one who was himself such an unequalled example of love, and who with so gracious a sympathy bore our burdens of sorrow, and carried away the load of our guilt.”Benson Commentary
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