When a brother falls

Have you ever seen a brother in Christ who has fallen to sin? He desires to be made whole in Christ, yet he is struggling. We have a duty to our fallen brother, but we also have a duty to ourselves.

Galatians 6:1 says, "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." Christ commands that we aid our brother in his restoration, but the command is given with a warning. He says in a spirit of meekness, considering thyself. The command here is saying that we must have a gentleness when we correct others. The command is also given with the idea that we should consider ourselves. This is where humility comes in. When we see others fall, we can be eager to help them and in that we can make ourselves vulnerable to the very sin we are helping our brother overcome. We must take precautions spiritually and physically in order to protect ourselves. Another pitfall we could fall to would be pride. It is so important for us to consider who we are. As we help our brother we can become prideful as we acknowledge our spiritual maturity. This pride, is a sure sign of immaturity and will bring us down.

So I would like to challenge you, if you have an opportunity to help a brother overcome his sin, consider yourself. Make sure you take proper precautions to protect yourself from that sin, or a sin of pride.

"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;" – Ephesians 4:2


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