Galatians 6 (NASB) 1 Brethren, even if [a]anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.
The Lord doesn’t want us His children to live in isolation; believers are intended to function as a loving family who sincerely care for each other. One of our responsibilities as part of God’s household is to come alongside a brother or sister who has stumbled or lost their way. Paul specifies that those “who are spiritual” are to restore the fallen ones to fellowship with the Father and the family. “Spiritual” doesn’t mean some elite group of pious leaders; it refers to any child of God who are living under the Spirit’s control.
A key element in this process is the attitude of the one who seeks to restore a fellow believer. We live in a time where so many are only concerned with what’s going on in their life, how do you feel about this?
A Spirit of Gentleness is needed: This isn’t a time for harshness, anger, judgment, or condemnation. Our goal is not to add pain and guilt upon a hurting brother or sister but to show mercy and forgiveness (2 Cor. 2:5-8). Now this is to be done when possible, we are not able to when our brothers and sisters stay clear of us!
A Spirit of Humility should always be present: Those who have a superior attitude look down on a fallen brother or sister and think; I would never make those mistakes. But the humble know their own vulnerability. Instead of judging others, they examine their own lives in order to recognize and deal with areas of weakness. This is a step I embrace always how about you? A Spirit of Love: When we love others, we willingly share in their burden. This requires an unselfish investment of our time, energy, and prayer on their behalf. Love has everything to do with it!
One of the ugliest human traits is our tendency to feel better about ourselves when another person misses the mark. Instead of sharing the latest gossip about a fallen brother or sister, let your heart break, and come alongside to love and help them. This is a big element of our life in the Lord, people are hurting and walking away from God on a regular basis, be ready when the time comes to respond in Love. Blessings and love always!