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“All must carry their own loads” (Gal 6:5)

God makes it clear that we are to help one another in whatever way we can. We are to introduce others to Christ, teach them in the way that is right, pray for them, encourage them, and even bear one an other’s burdens (Gal 6:2).

But ultimately, we must each “carry our own loads.”

This means that we are personally accountable to God for our own actions. (Rom 14:12) And others are accountable for their actions, too.

This is an important distinction because it means that your faith and salvation depend completely upon yourself (apart from God’s grace, without which we would all be damned).

When you stand before the Judge and He recalls everything you have ever said or done, you will only be called to explain your own actions and words – not somebody else’s.

Revelation 14:13 says our “deeds follow us.”

Our deeds; not our neighbor’s.

It is not up to us to rid the world of sin, to criticize everyone and call out our brothers and sisters for their every mistake.

God will handle that.

We do not help our loved ones by judging and condemning them.

We help them through prayer and support, love and encouragement.

They must carry their own load; and we must carry ours.

So lend a helping hand; help a brother out. But don’t get so bogged down by everybody’s burdens that you neglect your own.

As James says, “Anyone who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.” (Jms 4:17)

Thank the Lord that your faith and salvation do not depend on somebody else. Jesus already guaranteed it, the Holy Spirit sealed it, and the Father has presented it as a free gift.

The choice is yours alone: accept it or reject it.

Praise God for the opportunity!

Amen!