Wordsworth. We may show our sympathy, for instance, with sickness and suffering, in our liberal support of hospitals and similar appliances for bringing excellent medical skill within reach of those who most need and can least afford it. Have not I seen the horse enjoy his feed of corn when his yoke-fellow lay a-dying in the neighbouring stall, and never turn an eye of pity on the sufferer? Font Size. This is a personal matter. )The blessedness of sympathy and the vice of selfishnessA. We fulfil the law of Christ's example, as witnessed in the incident at Nain, and at the grave of Lazarus. A word, an old familiar word — it is like a medicine. V. CULTIVATE A TENDER SENSE OF BROTHERHOOD. THERE ARE BURDENS WHICH CANNOT BE SHARED.1. Positively. The baby was cross, and mother looked sick and sad. 6, 10). It has its reason and authority in our mental constitution, which is formed to pity.4. Life is a magnificent thing. The spirit of God is this: "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of another." Raleigh, D. D., Bp. Of course this passage inculcates the largest spirit of sympathy towards all men in trouble. The affair was hushed up, and things went on to outward seeming very much as before. It is our duty to diffuse the knowledge of God, and to attempt to remove the evils of darkness and superstition. Galatians 6:2 Do Christians have to obey the Old Testament law? Personal responsibility. The strongest are not always strong. If any trouble befalls those within the circuit of our affections, we need no exhortation on this point. What thought or care among hundreds and thousands now, who refuse to give to the man who has done his six days' labour, the day of rest which is his due, because they will not forego one single particle of their ordinary luxury, nor bear any portion of their brother's burden? Verification Code. "(1)Love of the brotherhood,(2)neighbours,(3)enemies.(W. Concluding inferences:(1) Seeing that the text expresses the peculiar genius of the religion by which we hope for salvation, the subject should awaken inquiry (1 John 4:19-21). K. Infirmity. Stacey, D. D.)Our individual burden often not the heaviestW. 3). I shall not merely be sorry for his bereavement, but I shall feel that the bereavement is my own. If a heart cannot be cured by a loving heart, it is incurable.(H. To be in relationships means this; to be in a family as head or member, to be in business, to be one of a social and civilized community, implies it. The insane fury recurred but seldom, and was unsuspected by many intimate friends. Hastings. His trouble is a letter of introduction, his nature is a declaration of brotherhood, and his destiny links him to us with an irrefragable chain!2. Would you not moisten his tongue and his brow, and fan the fever away? A friend of ours had the misfortune to break a valuable dish not long ago, and naturally enough was inclined to blame herself for her carelessness. Those that are superfluous.3. True, but we must think of what they may be raised to The poorest man is a man altogether, and capable of all a man can be in soul and circumstances. But the wayfarer, eyeing him suspiciously, mutters to himself, "He wants to steal it;" or else obstinately replies, "I am obliged to you, sir, but I can carry my own luggage."(T. )The blessedness of sympathy and the vice of selfishnessA. Think of the animating motive, "and so fulfil," etc. And they are not merely to be tolerated; they are to be taken up as burdens (Matthew 20:12; Acts 15:10). The burden of sinful character.3. (2) "There must be the different classes in society. All this belongs to the Christian, and we may judge ourselves by it. Still less is education taken into account,6. One had a concealed ulcer; another a sightless eye; another a besetting sin; another an intolerable debt; another a fearful recollection; another an awful apprehension; and when all the burdens were exposed to view, and each man bidden to make his own selection, every man preferred his own.(W. Burdens of ignorance. 1. ( Chrysostom. The reponsibility is on each man to carry himself and his trials and troubles through life. In the former chapter we have shown, from Scripture and from reason, that our Church teaches only the plain truth, when she confesses that: "After Adam's fall, all men, begotten after the common course of nature, are born with sin." so that it might be said to one of them, "This is your burden, and you must see to it," and to the other, "Help him with his burden." But the Christian Church is not to relegate all her poor to the workhouse; nor is the relieving officer the substitute for the Christian pastor and his Christian flock. DIFFERENT KINDS OF BURDENS.1. Get rid of the heavy burden. When thunder, following the dazzling flash, has burst among our hills, when the horn of the Switzer has rung in his glorious valleys, when the boatman has shouted from the bosom of a rock-girt loch, wonderful were the echoes I have heard them make; but there is no echo so fine or wonderful as that, which, in the sympathy of human hearts, repeats the cry of another's sorrow, and makes me feel his pain almost as if it were my own. By compassion bear with their former sins (ver. We are not to despise them for having such loads to bear. "And I," said another boy, "thought of a poor old woman, whose eyes were too dim to read. Beecher. It is congenial with the Spirit of Christ (Philippians 2:5; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Colossians 3:12, 13.)3. We have all burdens to bear, but not all equally, and it is the privilege of those who are less burdened than their fellows to minister to the relief of those by whom they are surrounded. Galatians, Expository Sermons - From The Executable Outlines Series by Mark A. Copeland - Hundreds of free sermon outlines and Bible study materials available for online browsing and downloading. Guthrie, D. D.)Real burden-bearingFoster.A poor woman was reduced to extreme poverty by the loss of her cow, her only means of support. There is animal hatred, and there is Divine hatred. "I was walking with my eyes open and my hands ready, as you told us," said the fourth boy, "when I saw a little fellow crying because he had lost some pennies. Yonder is a poor woman who has more children than she can feed. It is his own look-out; but it is yours, too. Is not he to be pitied who for his transgression has to bear the infliction of law, of public sentiment, and of his own nature? It forbids severity and unnecessary blaming. It is a law of the kingdom that all His people shall be mutually dependent. I have read of a Christian man, who, to know the reality of poverty, put on the dress of a beggar, and went into the hard lodging-house, where the poor outcasts have a comfortless pallet of straw and a ration of bad food, and after a week of experience gave this evidence, that it was worth to him ten years of study, and the source of the most intense pleasure in his lifetime. The insane fury recurred but seldom, and was unsuspected by many intimate friends. The responsibility of the individual soul — "Every man shall bear his own burden." )Open hearts and ready handsOne day a teacher said to his class, "Boys, you can all be useful if you will. The keeping of it is the completeness of duty, the substance of goodness, the secret of happiness, and the best preparation for the ineffable glories and joys of heaven.(A. But this spirit should go out, quickened by the spirit of Christianity, beyond our own household. Gambling and cheating are only interchangeable terms. We are told that one day, in a fit of insanity, his sister killed a member of their family. 1). Watch for the best opportunity of suggesting a more excellent way.3. )The bearing of burdensM. EVERY MAN HAS A BURDEN OF HIS OWN.1. You do not need to be told that a warm climate is indispensable to the production of pomegranate and olive-trees. W. "And I," said another boy, "thought of a poor old woman, whose eyes were too dim to read. Trouble. We fulfil the law of Christ's example, as witnessed in the incident at Nain, and at the grave of Lazarus. Shall such renunciation go unrewarded? — Consider —I. We may sympathise with infirmities of temper in those with whom we may be thrown in contact, by tact and temper, and forbearance on our part, endeavouring to hit the due medium between an undue complaisance, which is no true kindness to the wayward, and a needless and irritating opposition. Every human being brought to our hands in trouble is a messenger of God. But the wayfarer, eyeing him suspiciously, mutters to himself, "He wants to steal it;" or else obstinately replies, "I am obliged to you, sir, but I can carry my own luggage."(T. Take an old gambler — or a young one, it makes no difference which; for they are both alike. They have strong passions, but no sympathy. Each man proceeded to display his sorrow. Gospel Pollution. Would you have compassion upon a man who was attacked by an outward disease, and none for a man whose soul was diseased Are there no bearers of men's inward burdens? "For every man shall bear his own burden." To this it is, my brethren, that the law of Christ calls you. So far as two families can be made one, the sorrows of either are the sorrows of both; and if there were but one vast family on the face of the earth, whatsoever afflicted the individual would afflict the mass... Who can tell us what Christian philanthropy would be, if the law of membership were felt and obeyed. You must fill your own heart with the trouble you would lessen. When we are addicted to this love, we every day become more and more like God.(H. And the lowest should be helped first, and the most needy should be helped most.3. And yet, persons suppose, because here it is said, "Bear ye one another's burdens," and further on, "Every man shall bear his own burden," there is some contradiction. He said, "If I were asked what is the great lack of human society, I should say that need is sympathy." We put ourselves out of the way for the sake of those that are blind and deaf. Society is bound together by mysterious but mighty ties.II. Whatever forms a burden to our brethren we are to take upon ourselves, and carry it for them or with them, in the spirit of Him who "bore our sins and carried our sorrows." The spirit of this teaching forbids us to employ our rights of pleasure in such a way as to harm men.8. Much domestic unhappiness comes from the fact that people do not know, or do not enough recognize, the peculiarities of each other's natures. 1). Get rid of the heavy burden. And I do not believe that there is anything which cures hearts in this world besides other hearts laid upon them, brooding them, and imparting to them something of their own sympathy and goodness. Blessed little comforter! We are to share the burdens of others. They say, that if a piano is struck in a room where another stands unopened and untouched, who lays his ear to that will hear a string within, as if touched by the hand of a shadowy spirit, sound the same note; but more strange how the strings of one heart vibrate to those of another; how woe wakens woe: how your grief infects me with sadness; how the shadow of a passing funeral and nodding hearse casts a cloud on the mirth of a marriage-party; how sympathy may be so delicate and acute as to become a pain. WE MUST DO THIS AS THE LAW OF LIFE. Shall we not rather see in every successive advance a fresh victory for the Church of Christ? Watch for the best opportunity of suggesting a more excellent way.3. )Bearing one another's burdensW. 1. Christ's fellowship with men is enduring and valuable because it includes all imaginable sympathy. And to fulfil that law is to fulfil all laws. The requirement fits in to the general constitution of things, which is based on giving and receiving.3. It is that spirit the Christian believer must cherish. A mother hates the disease that is in her child; but does she abandon the child, saying, "I hate morbid conditions of every kind," and let the child die, as a testimony to her dislike of violations of natural law? So with the sense of sin.3. The spirit of God is this: "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of another." — for to reprove when the little one is already quivering with dismay at the mischief it has wrought, is sheer cruelty. H. Lewis, D. D.)Individuality and brotherhoodS. EACH IS TO BEAR THE OTHER'S BURDEN.1. It has its reason and authority in our mental constitution, which is formed to pity.4. Nor can we help fulfilling the injunction of the text in some sense. Hastings. Add to cart. We are not so bound to each other that we are partakers in wilful transgression, or negligence, or rebellion.1. )What is our whole religion but a burden-bearing? They expect impossible things of each other. 1). I longed for a little rest. )Burden-bearingAmerican Homiletic Review., M. C. Osborn.I. If you read gardening books, they direct you how to raise flowers and plants; but it is not necessary for you to read to find out that certain plants require a certain kind of climate. Those that are superfluous.3. We may sympathise with poverty, either by actual relief of want and destitution, or by the better method, where it is possible, of procuring for them the means of earning an honest livelihood. 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