Galatians 6:1-2 “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.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
As yesterday we were reminded in the Word of God, that we all have a part in the body of Christ, and are called to do something as members, today we are reminded of how we need to care for one another, so “That there should be so schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
We are One Body, not many bodies. Therefore, we should care for each other, as we would care for ourselves, or would want others to care for us. Today’s verse in particular, is speaking of when we see a brother or sister overtaken in a fault. If we see a brother or sister who has stumbled, we need to go to that brother or sister and help him or her. Some might say, “Well, it’s not my place to do so.” Then whose place is it? It can’t be the pastor’s place, or the family’s place, or even just God’s Place alone. First, the pastor isn’t the one who saw that stumble, and if the pastor had to take care of helping each person as they stumbled, as many times as we all stumble, there would be no time for anything BUT helping (We all help each other). The family also, most of the time is not willing or able to help another family member in that manner. If you believe also, that it’s only God’s position to correct or help a brother or sister who stumbles, then first off you’d better be careful because you believe all your place is, is to sit down and do nothing while letting God do all the work. If He wanted that, why would He EVER have us stay here in this wicked world, instead of going Home? He does so, because He has jobs for us to do, and be faithful in! One of those jobs, is to care for our brother or sister, as we would want them to care for us.
Our Lord tells us to treat others as we would have them treat us, the Golden Rule. Many use this as an excuse to refrain from rebuking and going to a brother or sister who stumbled. However, the exact opposite should be true. If WE stumble, wouldn’t we want someone to let us know, and help us get right back up again? Which would we prefer: being corrected and helped by a brother or sister here on Earth, or going before the throne of God, when our life is over, and being told that we have lost treasure in heaven because we didn’t walk uprightly but stayed in sin after the stumble? Which would we prefer, being scolded by a brother or sister, and helped now, or standing before the throne of God, weeping as we see His tears fall as He tells us we were not faithful in this area, or that area, or all areas? I think many see rebuke and being chastened as a bad thing. Many have the thoughts that it is a mean and hateful thing, and therefore it’s not for them to do that to a brother or sister they love so dearly. But let me ask this, if you are a parent, are you being mean and hateful when you correct your children? Should you refrain and never correct them, because you love them? Definitely not, in fact it would be hateful if you DIDN’T correct them! So why is it any different for when we receive correction, or when we are told to correct another brother or sister in Christ?
Rebuke may not be pleasant to have happen to us, and so we may think it’s always bad, but it CAN be done in a loving manner. In fact, that is the ONLY way we are supposed to rebuke another. Just because we see that the Word tells us we need to rebuke or correct and HELP another brother or sister when they stumble, Doesn’t mean we can let ourselves loose and start pointing fingers at everyone (Remember, when you point a finger at someone else, three of your fingers are pointing right back at you).
The main focus of today’s verses actually, is not that we rebuke and correct one another, but rather that we HELP one another! It isn’t all about rebuking, it is about RESTORING that fallen brother or sister! That is done in the spirit of MEEKNESS as well. It isn’t done in a manner of “well shame on you, you should feel terrible, you don’t see ME or anyone else doing this!” Instead it is along the lines of, “You and I both know you shouldn’t have done that, so you need to ask our Lord to forgive you, and He will. I’ll be right here also, to help you get back up, and we’ll have to be sure to look out for those pits so we don’t fall in them anymore,” all the while knowing that you yourself could have been the one who stumbled, as you do stumble at times. Imagine it as though you and your brother/sister are walking on the narrow path, and they have fallen. Now, you pick them up and put their arm around your shoulder, and help them walk on. This is doing as today’s second verse says, “Bear ye one another’s burdens,” and truly is showing love to that brother or sister. This is similar to what was mentioned yesterday, when it was said how we each have gone through some sort of trial, which others are going through, and therefore we can and should set ourselves available to help that brother or sister through it, because of your own experience and your own getting through it (with our Lord’s help).
I would love it if I had a brother or sister to correct me and rebuke me and help me when I falter. Afterall, my goal and aim in life is that I get to a place where I am ALWAYS walking in the Spirit, and therefore I stop sinning altogether (it CAN be done)! It’s a wonderful thing, to have a brother or sister help you back up, and help you keep from falling again. It’s honestly a wonderful thing, to receive rebuke, and receive restoration from that fall.
In addition to being meek when you rebuke and when you help that brother or sister, there is the requirement that you are “spiritual” and that you consider yourself! It’s important that we don’t try to help someone who is drowning, by jumping in the lake all the while we don’t even know how to swim, and we ourselves get in equal or worse trouble! If we see a brother or sister in trouble, and needing to be helped back up, don’t help that brother or sister if you know that you are either in the same boat as they are, or worse, or are not strong enough to resist the temptation to stumble just as they did! This is similar to why our Lord tells us to get the beam out of our own eye, before we help get the “mote” out of our brother’s eye! However, even in this, it doesn’t mean you sit back and do nothing. You get help from someone who CAN help. Go to the brother or sister who needs help, and let them know that you know they need help, bring that help to them, and be sure to stay close because you also can receive that same help and restoration!
All in all, it is a matter of love. We need to care for our brothers and sisters, and love them enough to let them know when they do wrong, and to HELP them back up, and help them reach a place where they walk without falling into that trap again!
I continue to keep you daily in my prayers, and please don’t forget that I love you with godly, brotherly love. May our Lord give us a heart filled with an abundance of His Love, and remind us to show that love to others, especially those who are our brothers and sisters, because we are many members, of ONE Body: Christ’s! May God our Lord and Father Bless you greatly, and you have a wonderful day today!
Love in Christ, Always,
Your friend forever,
Psalm 66:2 “Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.”