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“We each must carry our own load.”

Audio Icon   Galatians 6:5



In Galatians Paul wrote two things that don’t seem to fit together. He wrote, “Carry each other’s burdens,” (Galatians 6:2) and “We each must carry our own load.” (Galatians 6:5). What is the difference between a burden and a load?

A load is a weight to be carried. But a burden is a weight that can only be carried with a great deal of difficulty. Paul says that each of us has our own “load” that we are responsible to carry. But sometimes, life gives us a heavy “burden” that friends can help carry. Have you ever helped someone with something you knew they could do themselves? Maybe it didn’t feel good to help them and you felt they were using you to do their work. When you are asked to help someone, and it doesn’t feel good to help, you may be crossing the line between “carry each other’s burdens” and “We must carry our own load.” If you find yourself in this situation, you can ask, “burden or load?” If the answer is load, the response is no, you don’t need to help unless you want to. If the answer is burden, jump in to help all you can!

Dig deeper into how God wants us to work in Hebrews 6:10, Ephesians 4:28, and Hebrews 13:16.


Take this quiz to see if you can tell the difference between a burden and a load. Answer each question with the word “burden” or “load” and then explain how you got your answer. (The answers are below)


  1. A friend forgot to do math homework and asks you for the answers just before class.
  2. A friend is struggling in math and asks you to help him with his homework.
  3. Your brother was playing video games and ran out of time to finish his chores, so he asks you to help him.
  4. Your sister has the flu and feels miserable. She asks you to help her with her chores.


  1. Load. Doing homework is each person’s load, so asking you for answers is wrong. So is giving the answers.
  2. Burden. If someone is struggling to understand and asks for help, help!
  3. Load. Bailing your brother out of his own responsibilities won’t help him carry his own load.
  4. Burden. Jump in and do her chores for her!