Before I say what verse stuck out to me today, I want to remind you of a few things. First, as a Christian, you are sanctified, made holy (1 Cor. 1:2). You have been made new (2 Cor. 5:17). So, comparing your present self to your old self, you can test your actions, “Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:4) You can take pride, that you are doing so much better than when you were living a life of sin. You can be confident when you go before the Lord.
Therefore, please don’t say, (and I heard a Christian sister say this) “I can’t judge, I am just as bad of a sinner as that person.” (She was referring to a nonbeliever). Really??? You better not be if you are truly born again! I think Christians today feel they can’t feel confident (take pride) that they are “spiritual”. They would rather take on a false humility and quote, the log/splinter analogy (Matt 7:5) in order to avoid conflict.
So, now for the verse that stuck out to me today, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” (6:1).
Paul does not say, “Wait until you feel you have mastered all sin before you speak to someone else about their sin.” Instead he says to us “spiritual” ones, restore them gently. You can’t restore someone if you don’t address the problem. I had a Christian friend say recently, “I won’t say anything to the person unless they ask me for my opinion.”…….Humm……Is that what Paul told us to do in today’s reading?……..
Something to think about…….