We got home from church Sunday and my wife and I sat on the couch together. I told her how much I love and appreciate her. She thanked me and returned the love, then touched a spot on my forehead and said, “You have one HUGE eyebrow hair! You didn’t talk up close with anyone today, did you? “
Galatians 6:1-5 says: Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.
Notice 6 simple truths from this passage.
(1) You need to know the brother well enough to know his struggle. Sometimes we make ourselves busy looking for faults in others without knowing the one we’re picking apart. We make quick judgments from our limited point of view, especially when we’re unaware of the details in the person’s life.
Second, the goal is restoration, not embarrassment, punishment, proving a point, or correction. Restoring something means putting it back in its right condition. The overtaken brother is broken and repairing him requires that your motive is godly.
Third, that godly motive is one of gentleness. Attacking, smashing, poking, condemning or chiding can’t restore anything. Adding to the overtaken brother’s burden only further destroys.
Fourth, be humble; remember your own struggle against sin. You are vulnerable to the same sin as the overtaken brother. It’s extremely easy to spot the shortcomings in another person and tell him how to act. The problem is that the one pointing out the shortcoming is often pridefully self-deceived about the same sin in himself.
Fifth, restoration is achieved by lovingly bearing the burden of the one overtaken by sin. This doesn’t mean that you make excuses for the captured brother, but that you carry his problem as though it is your own. Come alongside him as you would want someone to come alongside you.
Sixth, ultimately everyone is responsible for himself and proving his own work.
These six truths are difficult to live up to. That’s why Paul leaves them to you who are spiritual.