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Greek Word Study - Bearing the Load

There are burdens, and then there are burdens. But not all burdens are the same. Some burdens are so heavy they cannot be borne alone. Our brothers must help—and so we “bear one another’s burdens” in Gal 6:2. (The word for this kind of burden is baros – BAR oss, and means “heavy.”) Other burdens are laid upon us that we are fully expected to carry on our own. Thus “each one will bear his own load” in Gal 6:5. (The word for the burden this time is phortion – for TEE on, and means “a load to be carried.”)

It is every man’s duty to put his shoulder to his own load. It is every man’s responsibility to do his own part and carry his own share. And is it only a coincidence that Paul’s very next sentence (Gal 6:6) names a load that each Christian must bear? “He who is taught must share (koinoneo – koin oh NEH oh) with him who teaches.” This sharing is a partnership involving money (see Phil 4:15). This is the Lord's program for supporting the teaching ministry of his kingdom.

So workers in the Lord’s kingdom should not ashamed to ask for help in bearing a heavy “burden,” while at the same time reminding everyone to bear his own “load.”