Restoring A Brother

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. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

We have a responsibility to each other as Christians. This is the commandment of love Jesus spoke of in John 13:34. He said that we are to love one another as He has loved us. We are to love each other in the same way and to the same extent that he has loved us.

If a man be overtaken in a fault: When a sin overtakes a brother or sister unexpectedly or suddenly because he is off his guard we need to be there for them.

You who are spiritual: This refers to Christians who live their life in a way that is pleasing to God. These are those who walk in and are led by the Spirit of God. Carnal Christians should not attempt this restoration for the flesh will get in the way and possibly make the situation even worse.

Restore such an one in the spirit of meekness: Spiritual Christians are to bring the brother or sister back to a former state. This means to bring them back into spiritual fellowship with the body of Christ and with God through repentance of, and confession of their sin. This restoration is to be done in a spirit of meekness; the opposite of arrogance and harshness. It is to be done in love with patience, compassion and gentleness.

Considering yourself, lest thou also be tempted: In restoration of a brother of sister, we must keep in mind that we also are tempted at times, are off our guard and fall into temptation. Considering our self will make us humble in the process of restoring another. This humbleness results from our realizing that we have defects or shortcomings also.

Bear ye one another’s burdens: We are to be supportive of another in every way. We are to help carry the load our fellow Christians are burdened with. These burdens could be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature.

So fulfill the law of Christ: The law of Christ is the law of love. Love demands that we reach out to one another.

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth”–1 John 3:18.