AM I MY BROTHER KEEPER…

In Galatians 6:1-2, Paul admonishes us,

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

We need to bear one another’s burdens.  Paul, in this passage, gives us some keen insight into what that looks like.

First, the word overtaken means to be taken by surprise, to suddenly fall into.  In other words, the sin Paul is referring to is not a premeditated sin, but rather a temptation that suddenly came up, the person stumbled in, and now they are having trouble getting out.

Notice Paul also says, “If you’re spiritual, restore that one.”  The word restore actually brings with it the thought of setting a dislocated limb.  The role of the spiritually mature person is to skillfully and gently relocate the “limb” that has been knocked out of its socket.

I think this happens most often to baby Christians.  They are suddenly invaded, they give in to some temptation, and they feel awful.  Then the devil goes to work on them, “Some Christian you are!  You hypocrite!  You better never go back to church again!  You’re so wicked.  You’re probably not even saved.”

They do not know how to pull themselves out, and you and I need to help them get back in right relationship with God and the Church.

I had a friend who dislocated a shoulder one time.  It took him 45 minutes to work it back in by himself.  It would have been easier to have someone help him.

And, that is true for us as Christians.  We need to be there to help restore that brother or sister whose spiritual life has been dislocated.  

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One thought on “AM I MY BROTHER KEEPER…

  1. According to the New Testament writings, those that were called “Christian” were those that were following Christ and had done so for three years before they were sent out to teach others to observe what He had commanded them. They were not following Paul, they were not teaching Paul’s words or teachings, so we have to question why it is that knowing Jesus said “my sheep hear my voice and another they will not follow”… why it is that so many today seem to quote Paul and teach Paul, rather than Christ, and call themselves Christians, when not following Christ’s teachings but those of another, Paul??

    “My sheep hear MY voice and another they will not follow”…. Jesus Christ’s words…. and one should not be convinced to follow another, by anyone, no matter who they are, when we have the words of Jesus Christ in the pages of the Bible, written in red, leaping from its pages so as not to be missed or ignored!!!

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