Gal. 6:1-2, James 5:19-20, 1 John 3:16-18
Cooper P Abrams III
It is worth noting though that when a person fails at something, they most need the understanding and help of those around them. Yet, in time of failure they are most venerable to ridicule and less likely to get the sympathy and help from others.
This is the trait of the carnal nature, but the believer in Jesus Christ is made a new creature as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says. Christians are giving a new nature and that new nature should reach out in love to all around us regardless of who or what they are. The new creature in Christ has been forgiven by God all their sins, and the Lord tells us to do like wise and forgive others.
1 John 3:14 makes a definitive statement about true Christians and distinguishes them from the phony ones. It says, " We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." (1 John 3:14) The professing Christian that loves their brethren give evidence of true salvation. Sadly, the one that does not show love to their brethren show they abide in death. Being unloving is a clear sin one is not saved....no matter how much the claim to be a Christian. Salvation is something that if their will effect the heart and it will show itself in love and kindness to others. You cannot serve God without serving others.
We can help with:
We all are subject to fail the Lord and sin. God has made provision for us to overcome the sin as 1 John 1:9 states. We confess the sin and ask God to helps us to overcome the temptation and act of sin.
b. Trespass means "a blunder, a false step; a slip or lapse."
c. We all know that no one is prefect! You aren't nor is the man or woman setting beside you. We all make mistakes. We all TRESPASS! We all have faults and make mistakes!
This recognizes the fact we all at times become a "blundering believer."
2. The restoration : "...restore such a one" (v.1).
b. The major idea refers to bearing another's burdens and involves providing what is needed and adding that which is missing. . . always in a spirit of gentleness.
Romans 15:1 says " We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves."
b. It means you put forth the effort to help. It means going to the person, forgiving and forgetting, giving a listening and sympathetic ear, then you do it.
You don't wait for the pastor, or trustee or Sunday School teacher, or anyone else you try to help and do what is needed as best you can.
b. Truth represents specifically all that Jesus Christ lived, taught, instituted--the standard of life He presented and promoted.
3. The biblical principle: The one who turns the sinning one back to his original condition will achieve two results (v.20):
2. The restoration: partly stated, partly implied (v.17).
B. Association--A personal contact must be made and maintained. This demands availability.
C. Impartation--There must be the giving of resources, time and self, to the point of sacrifice if necessary...even without thanks or public knowledge.
D. Devotion--True koinonia refuses to give up on someone else. This is the spiritual glue that binds.
Have you considered that you may be the one who can help them.
What can you do?
2nd. Pray for them.
4th. Be willing to be used. Put their interests first. Try without being pushy.
5th. Suppose they do not respond? Continue so concern. You may have to back off some. Be patient. You may not ever be successful, but in love we should try never closing the door.
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