Let’s take one more look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s description of “The Ministry of Bearing”. These words come from his enduring and practical book, Life Together…
The Bible speaks with remarkable frequency of “bearing.” It is capable of expressing the whole work of Jesus Christ in this one word. “Surely he hath bore our griefs, carried our sorrows…the chastisement of our peace was upon him” (Isaiah 53:4-5). Therefore, the Bible can also characterize the whole life of the Christian as bearing the Cross.
It is the fellowship of the Cross to experience the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian.
If any member refuses to bear that burden, he denies the law of Christ (100).
Thus, to be a Christian means to bear the burdens of our brothers and sisters in Jesus.