6 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer[a] is overcome by some sin, you who are godly[b] should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. ~ Galatians 5:1-3
This is an important message for the church today, there are always going to be people who fall into sin and how brothers and sisters react can change eternity for that person. We are told to GENTLY and HUMBLY help that person back onto the right path. Ok PERFECT but here are a couple very important things about this little statement. ……
First, a new believer needs to understand and learn this as they grow in the faith, but it is foolish to jump into places that you might get trapped back into the same sin. The devil is excellent at what he does… DECEPTION… ENTRAPMENT….and bringing you back to your old ways. So it’s not always best to try and be a hero going in to rescue your brother or sister when if you are in danger of falling into sin.
Secondly it says “gently and humbly” oh man this is big. Gently means just that, not shaming them back, not threatening them back onto the right road, but to speak with love and compassion, with the very words of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. It takes a mature Christian to stand in those shoes and a very humble man or woman to stand in those shoes. Always remember YOU are NO BETTER than the worst sinner you will ever come across!! That alone should make you humble.
Thirdly, no matter who you are, what is your status, what is your income, what you drive, where you live, work, you are NO better. Carry the burdens of a brother or sister. What does that mean? It can mean many different things, could be to carry it in prayer, it could mean just sitting and listening, it could be giving Godly advice, it could mean walking through a difficult situation, it’s all done without judgment and accusations, we would love them and support them as Jesus would. YOU are the hands and feet of Jesus.
This pleases the Lord….
Now go out and have an EPIC day today.