1 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. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:1-3)
Spiritually mature disciples of Jesus help other Christians who are overtaken by sin. Restoration of the soul and life in needed, and the stronger Christian gently helps rescue the fallen loved one in Christ. Through the patient and prayerful work of exhorting, rebuking and correcting (using God’s word), the fallen one can be turned back “from the error of his way” and saved from spiritual death (James 5:19-20; Acts 8:22-24). The “spiritual” one knows he can also be tempted, too, and so he considers himself while helping his fellow. Christ expects us to be mature and help others when they are overtaken in sin. This is how we “bear one another’s burdens” and “fulfill the law of Christ.” Is there someone in your life who needs restoring from sin? Reach out and help them today.