For every man shall bear his own burden.
1. This is inevitable. Each has his burden of
(4) bodily infirmities;
2. This is salutary.
(1) To utilize our powers.
(2) To develope our excellences.
II. BROTHERLY HELP (ver. 2). The carrying of our own load gives strength to carry the burden of others.
(1) The burden of trial.
(2) Of poverty.
(3) Of bearing a wandering brother to Christ.
III. DIVINE HELP (Psalm 55:22).
(1) The burden of anxiety.
(2) Of sin.
(T. L. Cuyler.)
I. Man is INDEPENDENT, φορτίον, one's own proper burden, a packman's bag, a soldier's kit. Responsibilities of life, of parents, masters, teachers, is not a curse but a privilege, which is thrown away when we endeavour to throw it on others.
2. Fruits of past conduct.
II. Men are INTERDEPENDENT (ver. 2), βαρη, burdens which may be shifted or borne by another.
1. A man's infirmities, temptations, poverty, stumblings (ver. 1).
2. The mutual blessedness of this interdependence.
III. Men are ABSOLUTELY DEPENDENT. (Psalm 55:22): burdens sent as a portion from God.
2. Consciousness of guilt.
(D. A. Taylor, M. A.)
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