Author and teacher, Dr. Howard Hendricks tells the story of a young man who strayed from the Lord but was finally brought back by the help of a friend who really loved him. When there was full repentance and restoration, Dr. Hendricks asked this Christian how it felt away from th … More
Paul uses a hypothetical case of a believer who falls into sin. Instead of trying to restore this person the Legalists will condemn him and try to make himself look good by making this person look bad. He seems to rejoice when this brother falls and often gives the matter wide publicity. The Legalists has an attitude of pride and condemnation and thinks he could never commit such a sin. However the believer living by grace realizes that no man is immune to falling (v. 3). “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (I Cor 10:12).
Paul gives the following instructions in helping the person who has fallen:
Be sure to obey God’s law yourself (v. 2). Don’t think you are better than others (v. 3). Don’t compare yourself with others (v. 4). Be sure to carry your own load (v. 5).
What is my attitude to one who has strayed from the Lord and His Word? What should my attitude be from what we have learned today about restoring those who have fallen. I should find someone to whom I can minister to this week.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
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Galatians 3:1-5Freedom From The Law
Galatians 3:6-14Salvation is by Faith And Not by Feeling
Galatians 3:15-18The Changeless Promise
Galatians 3:19-22The Law Was Temporary And Required a Mediator
Galatians 3:23-29The Law is Not Contrary to The Promise
Galatians 4:1-11Why Go Back Into Slavery?
Galatians 4:12-20Building up People in Their Faith
Galatians 4:21-26The Difference Between Law (slave) and Grace (free)
Galatians 4:27-31A Comparison Between The Two Sons of Abraham
Galatians 5:1-6Christ Died to Set us Free From Laws And Regulations
Galatians 5:7-15Love Fulfills The Law
Galatians 5:16-21The Promise of Victory Over Sin
Galatians 5:22-26The Provison For Victory Over Sin
Galatians 6:1-5Bearing And Sharing The Burdens
Galatians 6:6-10Be Generous And do Good
Galatians 6:11-18Paul Glories in The Cross