How to reconcile “Carry one another’s burdens” in Galatians 6:1 and “carry his own load” in Galatians 6:5
Galatians 6:1-2 (NET Bible)
Support One Another
1" Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you
who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay
close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. 2
Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law
Carry one another's burdens
In the Christian congregation some persons will experience problems, such as illness ,loneliness or even sin as mentioned by Paul, in such cases the burden need not be carried alone, support may be given to the weak and the elderly , by visiting , helping them and consoling them , help may also be given to those that are depressed , with words of comfort. Paul urges his brothers and sisters to help each other in case of need.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NET Bible)
14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined,
comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all.
Jesus commanded his followers to love one another, in this way Christians will fulfill the law of Christ.
John 13:34 (NET Bible)
34 “I give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."
The daughters of Israel commemorate the daughter of Jephtah.
A scriptural example is that of the daughter of Israel's Judge Jephthah, (Judges 11:29-40)Jephthah made a vow promising to give God the first one that comes out of the doors of his house, it turned out that his daughter came out first to congratulate him. The sacrifice did not go unnoticed : "Thus it became a custom in Israel, 40 that the daughters of Israel went yearly to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year." Judges 11: 39b-40 (NASB)
For each one will carry his own load
Galatians 6:5-8 (NET Bible)
5 "For each one will carry his own load. 6 Now the one who receives
instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who
teaches it. 7 Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a
person will reap what he sows, 8 because the person who sows to his
own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to
the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit."
Others in the Christian brotherhood can help us with the burden of our problems ,for example they can help us with our loneliness, illnesses , accidents , unemployment e.t.c. However at the end of the day we have to carry our own load, that is we must not let loneliness or our problems overcome us ,and make us retreat in our own emotional cocoon, or perhaps push us to do something that we may regret later on. One such person that reaped what he sowed was King David's lust for Bath-Sheba.
For a person will reap what he sows.
No human is exempt from the consequences of his actions. One such example is that of King David and his adulterous relationship with Bath-Sheba ,David did repent and God forgave him, however his actions brought a lot of calamity in his household. (Read 2 Samuel 12:13-19 and 13:1-9.) Another example is Dinah, daughter of Jacob by Leah, she brought calamities to her father's house because she made friends with the wrong people. (Genesis chapter 34.)