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Watch yourself

  Galatians 6:1

" 1 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.”

    In recent days, I have shared with you the warnings regarding correcting a brother when you have the same problem as they have - known as “plank eye.”  What we haven’t discussed, however is correcting someone when you do not have a similar problem or when you are otherwise walking in victory. Here in Galatians 6:1, we are admonished on how we are to go about this, but we are to go about it. Correcting, lifting up and restoring of the body of Christ is an essential part of church life. If we think in literal terms when we think of the Body of Christ, then we can easily see how this is to be expected. What I mean is that if a part of our body continuously, of its own accord moves in a separate direction from the rest of the body, then we should, must, and will make every effort to neutralize this obtrusive behavior. Wouldn’t it stand to reason then that we make these same efforts in the body of Christ? Of course it would. However, where we must be cautious is that when we attempt to restore a member who has been over taken in sin our hearts can rise up in pride. Thus, we have an obligation to choose to restore in a spirit of gentleness and “consider ourselves”. To consider ourselves as it is used here means to think soberly about ourselves and to realize that we too could be where they are if we had been faced with the same circumstances. If we do not do this in this particular instance, then the pride in our heart that says, “I would never do that!” will act as an open door to the wicked one to tempt us to do exactly that! Further, notice it says that if we do not consider ourselves we could be tempted… it does not say that we will wind up sinning that way too. This is because God is always gracious and will not allow the enemy to just make us sin. No, He only allows the enemy to tempt us and only with what we ourselves are able to withstand and with every temptation He provides a way of escape. God is so good, and He wants the whole body working together rhythmically as one and sometimes this means restoration

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