Bearing Burdens, Abiding in Christ

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (1)
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (2)
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (3)
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (4)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (5)
A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (6)
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. (7)
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (8)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (9)
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (10)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (11)
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another. (12)

(1) Galatians 6:2, (2) Proverbs 27:17, (3) Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, (4) Matthew 18:20, (5) Hebrews 10:24-25, (6) Psalms 127:1, (7) 1 Corinthians 3:9, (8) Colossians 3:23, (9) Galatians 6:9, (10) 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, (11) John 15:1-5, (12) John 15:9-17

I believe that not only are we supposed to be helpful and supportive of each other through the burdens life gives us but also the burdens God may place on our hearts. This originally started out to make that point but turned into something else slightly, though I think the message is still there. There is no greater good than abiding in the Lord. We must all come together as we are called and do this. Not only abiding in the Lord but coming together in oneness, as many different branches on the same vine, each having their own purpose. We each have our own roles to play and we each lift each other up just as Christ lifts us up.

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