Galatians 6:1
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
In the first portion of the sixth chapter of Galatians, the Apostle Paul gives some of the most pertinent practical instruction on how to live the Christian life. It refers to how to treat one another and how to behave yourself as believers. He is not speaking about salvation, he is not speaking about redemption, but he is speaking to those who have been saved and are redeemed and how they should then behave.
The Christian, born again and Holy Ghost filled, will struggle. They struggle because they contain life the enemy wishes to snuff out. Because of this we know that there will be some overtaken in a fault or temptation. You have probably experienced this very same thing in your local assembly, or heard about someone who is caught in something bad or confesses of some wrongdoing. Everyone is shocked or perhaps a little confused about how to proceed. What happens next? Do we shun as the Amish? Do we publicly condemn? Do we act as if nothing happened? The severity of the action and the response is up to the assembly’s pastor, and is not for other assemblies to gossip about. Because this situation is inevitable, Paul gives us the answer as to how to act and treat those to which this has become the unfortunate reality.
If someone is overtaken in a fault, those that have a testimony and a strong relationship with Christ, reach out to them and restore them in the spirit of meekness, back into the arms of Christ, according to the Word. The consequences of their actions will follow, whether in this life or the next, but they are accountable to the Word first and foremost, so restore them to It in love. If someone who does not know the Word and does not have a relationship with Christ were to try and do this, then the situation could be aggravated more. This is why those with proven testimonies should do this.
Most importantly, consider yourselves unless you would be tempted to compromise on the Word yourself, whether through compassion, good intention, or hurt. Let God’s Word prevail, so consider yourself and your family first. Sometimes you just don’t know what reaching out to someone can do for them. A prayer, a call, or just listening to someone can change the whole situation.
Do like the Galatians and help those around you who are struggling. Lift them up in the faith.
55-0301 - “Elijah”
Oh, my, when he stood out there then and said, "Gehazi, call that Shunammite." Amen. The woman come to the door. Then all the good things that she had done, little did she know when she had that bed made in there for Elisha, and made his bed with her own hands, that someday her dead baby would be laying there, and the body of that prophet, through the Christ would bring that baby back to life again. You don't know what's happening when you try to do something for one another. Try to help one another. That's right. Like bread upon the water, it'll return to you someday.
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