Help A Brother Or Sister Out
Posted: Saturday, September 21
Verse of the day:
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.h.
Galatians 6: 1-3
I love this teaching from Paul as it is a reminder that we have a responsibility to be there for our brothers and sisters when we see them struggling. I think we can all agree that if we were the ones struggling, we’d want someone looking out for us. Yet, if we’re not careful, we can become so individualistic that we ignore the cries for help from fellow believers around us because we don’t want to get involved. Or, we try to help, but end up causing more harm than good.
First off, Paul reminds us that we must be gentle and humble in our response to people who are struggling with sin (v. 1). Even if the person should know better, responding in harshness is not helpful. There are times to show tough love, but being harsh will likely push the person away from you and God. If we’re honest, a harsh response can often come from our inner pride. We may think: “I would never have done what they just did.” Maybe this is true. But we must remember that we are not beyond giving in to temptation. This is when the humble part should kick in. Paul then warns that we should watch out to make sure we don’t fall in similar way. Helping is good as long as we don’t risk being tempted to sin ourselves by being around the person or a certain environment. If this is the case, we may need to bring in others to take the lead in helping with the situation.
The Apostle Paul makes it clear that we as Christians have a responsibility to share each other’s burdens (v. 2). It should bother us to see a fellow believer struggling with sin because we are not in this walk with Christ alone. God wants us to look out for one another, and be our “brother’s keeper.” Maybe you’re thinking: “I don’t have time for helping others…I’ve got my own struggles.” Perhaps, but Paul would say: You are not that important (v. 3). Helping others overcome sin is not a suggestion in God’s kingdom…it’s a requirement.
So let’s be willing and ready to help each other out.