Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Verses 3 and 5 were the two verses I wanted to write about, but as I read them I realized it would be best to post these verses in the context of which Paul had written them. Now let me break out both verses and give you my thoughts, with each verse standing on its own.
For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Paul addresses the general narcissism, arrogance and pride that we all dwell in from time to time. Paul reminds us that we are but a mere speck of matter in the worldly universe. Paul tells us not to prop ourselves up by judging ourselves against the actions and transgressions of others.
You judge yourself against yourself and your righteousness with God. All else is vanity.
And then there is verse five.
For each will have to bear his own load.
Each of us is an individual and each of us will bear the burdens we have placed upon ourselves. In essence Paul is telling us we are responsible for our actions. We have no control over what others do or say, all though many of us would like to, we don’t. What we do have complete control over is how we respond and act. That is our load to bear.
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