This past Sunday we continued our series on “Vibrant and God-honoring churches” and looked at The Lost Art of Biblical Exhortation” from Galatians 6:1-2.
The Apostle Paul is reminding the Galatians of their biblical responsibility to come along side other believers and to encourage them to walk with the Lord if they have been “overtaken in a fault” as verse 1 says. Do you know another believer who is not walking with the Lord? Then we have a responsibility to them as followers of Christ.
Our responsibility is to help “restore” them. The word “restore” is the word used for fishermen who are “mending” a net or doctor who “sets” a broken bone”. Both are restoring something broken back to usefulness.
If a believer is struggling with a sin, we are called upon to help “restore” them back to usefulness to the body of Christ. We do this with gentleness and humility because we understand that we have the same temptations ourselves and may need another believer to help us in the future.
Obeying this command fulfills verse two which says to “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ”. A part of “loving our neighbor as ourselves” as the Lord taught is helping one another as we struggle with sin and growing as a Christian.
Let me ask you. .. Do you know any one struggling with sin? Will you be proactive and take initiative for their spiritual health? Churches are filled with people who are not useful to the church by allowing sin to go undealt with , but you can reverse this trend by genuinely loving your Christian friend!