Galatians 6:1 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.
It has always been easier for man to see the problems in the lives of others. In fact, the problems we most easily identify in others are often the sins with which we personally struggle. Oftentimes, believers see these problems and immediately rush to rebuke or admonish those in error without considering their own lives first. According to Galatians 6:1, those overtaken in a fault should not be admonished until the restorer has first considered himself. The Bible says, “lest thou also be tempted.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 contains a similar principle and admonition: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Believers should not be easily deceived by their own conditions and must be willing to call their own standing into question first. Remember that those who have fallen should serve as a warning to every believer.
∙ (For children): A child of God can still do wrong and often does according to 1 John 1:8. However, when we confess, we are forgiven in order to restore our fellowship with the Lord (1 John 1:9). Then, like king David, we will be able to help others (Psalm 38:18; Psalm 51:13).
∙ (For everyone): What should we learn when others fall prey to sin? How should their failings help us to see our own vulnerabilities? What steps should we take to insure that we do not fall as well?
∙ How do you presently see your condition before the Lord? Upon what do you base your assessment? Is it possible that your heart has deceived you?
∙ Ask the Lord to help you take an honest look at your condition.
∙ Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in helping others.