It is a commandment that all who have been baptized in fellowship must Bear One Another’s Burdens that they may be light. While it is a commandment in one respect, it is an impossibility in another. There is only one way to succeed, and that is to come to Christ, and to point to Christ
We are commanded to Bear One Another’s Burdens that they may be light. Now is the season of Christmas, where we commonly give gifts and do kind things, and some participate in charitable efforts to give to those who have little and cannot give. It feels great, your life takes on greater purpose the more you give, the more you serve, the more you love your neighbor. It always feels good, and that feeling is a testimony to you that it is of God. But, …there comes a point that you are unable to lift another’s burden. And the commandment seems impossible.
To Bear One Another’s Burdens is a commandment in one respect, but an impossibility in another. Every year, there are two months that have caused great concern to me: August and November. The death of our nephew has left our sister with a burden I am unable to bear. His August birthdate and November death date haunts my soul, as I see no comfort there, no consolation, no balm in Gilead. No matter how deep I dig to search a way to bear her burden, I come up with nothing, absolutely nothing! There is silence in me. There is no relief that I can offer. I am left dumbfounded. I cower from responding to any texts because I have no clue how to bear that burden. If Nephi is right and God gives no commandment, lest He provides a way to accomplish it, I am left to question Him, asking, “How the hell?!” The answer comes back, “By pointing to the only one who is able to bear that burden, ..by pointing to Christ.”
In the instances where there is no balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole, to heal the sin-sick soul, to fill the emptiness, …there is only one way. Christ is the way. No man can find comfort, but by Him. Scriptures have been given for man to know of His correct attributes, perfections, and characteristics, so man can familiarize themselves with Him. Servants come in the form of men and angels to those who seek Christ diligently. They are witnesses of His presence. They know Him personally. And they come only to tell you about Him. Scriptures and servants cannot bear your ultimate burden as they have not atoned for you. They too point you to your personal relationship with Christ, the only one who is able to bear your burden, …who is able to bear all burdens. He is the one who has overcome the world. It is He who will assist you to overcome all things with faith.
You must experience Christ for yourself. I remember a low point in my life, where to be around me would suck life out of any positivity. There was no comfort, no balm in Gilead. Not in church leaders (no matter what rank), not in their suggested solutions of hymns or scripture mastery, and not in any of their socialized programs. I was willing to try it all. I was an easy candidate doing all the assignments given, and none of them could provide even an ounce of comfort or repair. After over ten years of seeking diligently, I have developed a personal relationship with Christ. And I have found comfort, and I have been filled with the Holy Ghost. But, …when I consider the emptiness of others, I am totally turned around, and have no idea where to begin if I were in their position.
I cannot do what you do. I cannot give you my relationship with Christ. I cannot comfort you. You must go to the only balm, the only comfort, the only one who has the ability to Bear Your Burdens. It is Christ that comes to fill the void with His light, to abide with you, to walk beside you. He comes to His temple, …which temple ye are! And when your burdens have been lifted, your only ability is to point to Christ, to praise Christ, to talk of Christ, to rejoice and to prophesy of Christ.