KEY SCRIPTURE: 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”.
Our key scripture shows us the right attitude to have when helping a brother who has been overtaken by a fault.
The Lord once admitted that, we would always have the poor with us. (Matthew 26:11). In the same understanding we would also always have brothers and sisters who would be overtaken in a fault. We must accept that we all don’t have the same understanding towards the bible neither do we all respond to the scriptures in a similar way. How do we handle such a person who has been overtaken in a fault?
Our key scripture shows us the attitude we have to take. We must approach them with the Spirit of meekness. Meekness is humility in action. This implies you must not attend to him or her with an ‘I am a better person attitude’. A humble mind is the one who accepts that I am whatever I am not by my efforts but by the grace of God. It is approaching the brother not with a condemning attitude. He said in the key scripture, “considering yourself lest thou also be tempted”.
Whenever a brother approaches a fallen one who has been over taken in a fault and condemns him or her, this person who condemns has thrown away the grace of God. Without the grace of God everyone is incapable, unqualified and guilty. To handle a brother without God’s grace is like using your bare hands to handle a life wire. You would surely be electrocuted. How does this happen? When you approach with a condemning attitude, you have no divine protection, and the very power or demon that deceived him would easily over power you and cause you to do even worse.
Never act in any moment as a Christian without the grace of God. This implies you should not be legalistic and condemn others. (Luke 6:37). What did those men who brought the lady who was supposed to be caught in the act of adultery do, after Jesus had asked them to cast their stones, if they had not sinned before? None could cast their stone because every man had an area he or she falls short. (John 8:3-11). Don’t cast any stone at anyone. Do not add your voice to accuse another brother or sister in their absence. If you do any of these things you are judging and condemning others.
I pray for all those who have been over taken in a fault or sin. May the Holy Spirit open up their eyes and strengthen them to rise above whatever has caused their fall and never to go back into sin again.
Luke 6:37 ” Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”
James 5:20 “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins”.