Bearing One Another's Burdens
However, sometimes something comes along that is worth repeating. "The Constructive Curmudgeon" is Dr. Douglas Groothius: Philosopher, professor, preacher, writer. He wrote a short article entitled "Suffering and Listening". I commented in his meta with the following passages:
Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load. (Galatians 6:2-5)
Suffering and Listening
2. If you listen to those who address you with their suffering, you will decrease the suffering of the one suffering.
3. If you fail to listen to those who address you with their suffering, you will increase the suffering of the one suffering.
Now, what of a religion whose aim is to alleviate suffering through detachment from it?
What kind of ministry do you have for those who suffer? Do you alleviate or increase the suffering of others? What religion do you practice as a Christian? Do you bear the burdens of others? Do you need others to help you bear your burdens but find yourself alone?