• Michael Haldas

Burdens


“For nothing so weighs upon the soul, and presses it down, as consciousness of sin; nothing so gives it wings, and raise it on high, as the attainment of righteousness and virtue…” (St. John Chrysostom)

“The Lord is the Author of the virtues (knowledge with righteousness). Man cannot have the Lord without the virtues, nor can he have the virtues without the Lord. Therefore, when man seeks the Lord and finds Him, he will also find the virtues of which He is the Author. Those who seek the Lord with this in mind (rightly) will also find the peace He authors.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Proverbs 16:4)

“As long as we think of sin and righteousness legalistically, we run the risk of thinking we are not sinning because we are following “the rules.” However, we actually are sinning in that we have developed an unconscious pride in following the rules so well that we are sinning through an attitude self-righteousness. This is a subtle form of the sickness of sin, like an undetected illness. We may not feel burdened by it, just like we may not feel sick when we actually are. This will keep us from attaining true peace through the virtue of Christ which He offers us through Himself. One day we may realize just how burdened we are because God, out of love for us and a desire for our healing, will permit burdens in our life until we wake up.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“…the Master permits burdens in our life as means for growth.” (Dynamis 9/12/2018)

“God, Who is by nature good and dispassionate, loves all men equally as His handiwork. But He glorifies the virtuous man because in his will he is united to God. At the same time, in His goodness He is merciful to the sinner and by chastising him in this life brings him back to the path of virtue.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

“Each person must take up his own cross. The burden in this world is different for each person, and each has been chosen by God to bear certain struggles for their own salvation and the salvation of those around them.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Luke 9:23)

“The Greek word for burdens refers to something beyond the normal capacity to carry, as opposed to a “load” (Galatians 6:5), which is what a person could be expected to carry.” (Foundation Study Bible, Galatians 6:2)

“Simon means “obedience”; this faithful man [Simon of Cyrene] stands for all who desire to follow Christ and carry the cross He places on them.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Luke 23:26)

“…the Lord assures us that He will give us the strength to overcome life's difficulties. When we have the Lord with us, and truly believe this, no earthly burden will be too heavy to bear.” (Father George Papadeas)

“Paul tells us in Galatians 6:2 to ‘bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.’ The law of Christ is to love God and love one another as He has loved us. This love is a voluntary sacrificial love. We are to bear our cross, to overcome pride with humility, and accept help from others when our cross is beyond our capacity to bear alone. Perhaps more importantly, we are to help others bear theirs when they cannot bear it alone, and to do so out of Christ like love expecting nothing in return. It is in giving and accepting the love and help of others that burdens do not go beyond what anyone can truly bear.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“We hear again and again that God’s expectation of His people is that we provide for each other, and specifically, that we bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2, Philippians 2:4, James 2:14-17)…” (Anna-Sarah Farha)

“…he [St. Paul] admonishes us to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). This apostolic rule is contrary to our modern heresy of self-fulfillment. The indulgent cult of self-actualization ignores the faith and healing found in the Body of Christ, and instead promotes independence and doing our own thing. May we bear one another’s burdens in love, joy, and peace in the Church family (see Galatians 4:28), for we are children of one Father and brethren of one another (Galatians 3:28; 4:6)!” (Dynamis 9/12/2018)

“Christians must be different; they must strive to carry the burdens of others, especially the weak. They must face the challenges of relationship and interaction with whomever God has placed around them, no matter how unlikable or unlovable, embracing both the joys and burdens. In facing others, we affirm our true identity as created in God’s image.” (Douglas Cramer)

“Often, the weaknesses of others may seem insurmountable (Romans 15:1). But we are asked to bear with their limitations, even if they seem to inhibit the growth of other Christians. How do we do this? We trust that God will transform our paltry efforts into true edification, using even our stumbling and fumbling to His glory as long as we abandon ourselves to His hands. It is much easier to put up with the failings of fellow Christians – and to do so humbly and gratefully – when we entrust the work to Him who does “all things well” (Mk 7:37). Building up others requires a depth of patience, strength, and comfort that God alone can give.” (Dynamis 7/15/2018)

“To bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) requires that we actually do not see the person we need to help, or their circumstance, as a burden. We have to see with eyes of love. To truly see this way and have this type of love requires us to be connected with Christ. Otherwise it is impossible for us to do this in a way that truly helps the person who is burdened.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Keep in your thoughts that when misfortune comes, you cannot throw it off like a tight-fitting garment; you must bear it. Whether in a Christian way or in a non-Christian way, you cannot avoid bearing it; so it is better to bear it in a Christian way. Complaining will not deliver you from misfortune, but only make it heavier; whereas humble submission to God’s Providence and a good attitude relieve the burden of misfortunes.” (St. Theophan the Recluse)

“If Christianity is dull and boring, if it is a burden and not a blessing, then most likely we are involved in a project, not a Person—a system not a Savior, rules rather than a relationship.” (Joseph Stowell)

“No matter how great our burdens or how deep our pain, God is able to comfort us. No matter how severe the pressures of daily life, they can’t separate us from the tenderness and compassion of our Heavenly Father.” (Luis Palau)

“You’ve got to believe that no matter what you’re going through, no matter what your burden is, He cares! God is not mad at you. He is not hiding from you. On the contrary, His heart is moved toward you. He cares about everything affecting you.” (David Wilkerson)

“Being so unburdened by anxiety and pride, we are free to live for others…What are we made for, if not to bear each other’s burdens?” (Nabeel Qureshi, Elizabeth Prentiss)

“Many of us have delusions of self-importance and by contrast view the needs of others as less weighty than our own, regarding at times even the common courtesies of small talk and social chit-chat as a tedious burden.” (Stratford Caldecott)

"The “burdens” of other people are not only their external misfortunes, but also their deep-seated defects of character: soft spots, blind spots, addictions, prejudices, delusions, self-centeredness, and so on. I am called to carry these burdens of other people, just like I, and others in my life, carry mine. Just like Christ carries mine and has them nailed to a cross." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“If we could strip away the prejudices that fill our hearts and see others as fellow travelers on the same journey – each with tremendous burdens to bear – we could celebrate love and peace, rather than hatred and discord that form the basis for war and poverty that abound in today’s world.” (Marianne C. Sailus)

"I have this opportunity, to bear someone else’s “burdens” and fulfill the law of Christ, the law of the Cross, whenever someone else’s ego steps on my own. I am missing this opportunity if I’m focusing on my own burdens; if I’m constantly feeling hurt or neglected or needy. My burdens, perhaps ironically, are made lighter by carrying those of others. They aren’t heavy, when I identify them as my own." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“Letting my favorite people in the world into my struggles not only gives them the opportunity to minister to me, but it also takes the pressure off by lightening the burden a little.” (Laurie Lovejoy Hilliard and Sharon Lovejoy Autry)

“Loving God is not simply “the first and great commandment” (Dt 6:5; Mt 22:36-37). It is the life-giving response of the believing heart, and thus transforms the commandments from burden to grace.” (OCPM 5/28/2016)

“God’s laws are no burdensome. They can be reduced to two simple principles: Love God and love others.” (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 12:29-31)

“Jesus never promised that obeying Him would be easy. But the hard work and self-discipline of serving Christ is no burden to those who love Him…If you feel that the weight of your circumstances is too heavy to bear, maybe it’s because the burden is yours, not His.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 John 5:3-4, Jennifer Rothschild)

“Our hearts are much distressed and burdened, so we go to prayer and maybe spend much time pouring out our petitions before the throne. And too many times we get up immediately, rush out of His presence and often try to answer the prayer by some efforts of our own.” (John Wright Follette)

“May we allow His faithfulness to beam through us and lighten the burdens of others.” (Bruce Carroll)

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