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Bearing Each Other's Burdens.

Bearing Each Other's Burdens.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Galatians 6:2. " Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.''
BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Galatians 6:2. " Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.''

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BEARING EACH OTHER'S BURDENS. BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.Galatians 6:2. " Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.'' You are all familiar with the picture set before us by the opening lines of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, "I dreamed, and behold I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back." That burden was indeed a special burden. You remember how the bearer was delivered from that burden. "I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more." The burden of which Bunyan dreamed is doubtless the most serious bur-den of life, the burden of sin and guilt. It is not, however, the only burden which is laid upon us all along our earthly journey. They are the inseparable accompaniments of our sinful mortality, and of our life discipline. We are freed from them only by death.
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These are the burdens of which the text speaks. These burdens vary much. Each one's burden is not the same with that of his neighbor. The burden of one is lighter than that of another. There are those who (35o) SERMONS. D} 1 are almost or quite unconscious of their burdens, and their case is the saddest of all. These words imply-
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that all have one burden. From them we may infer the Bible theory of life. What is life ? Is life worth living ? These are the questions. There are those who picture it as a gay holiday, made up of mirth and music and sunshine ; not a cloud overhead, not a thorn in the way, no burden to bear, no weary, footsore march, nothing but the present, seizing the day, bask-ing in the sunshine, dreaming. Others paint it in dark and dismal lines, as a day of clouds, and rain, and chilling storms; as a valley of shadows, a desert of dead hopes, a Golgotha of perished and perishing travelers, who have fallen by the way, crushed by their loads. The Bible picture of life is neither this nor that. It is neither a gala day, nor a day of lamentation ; neither idle play, nor hopeless agony, neither the laughter of fools, nor the wail of the despairing. It is indeed a pilgrimage, a sad and weary one to many, yet not with-out its joys ; a long pilgrimage it may be, yet not without its rests, through the wilderness, yet by many an Elim of fountains and palms ; a burden-laden pil-grimage, and yet the toil of which may be lessened
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