“Don’t do as I do – do as I say.” The people who give this kind of warning expect others to live according to rules that they themselves admittedly are not willing to follow.
This is where many young or insecure Christians find themselves. They see some church leaders or those in authority doing things they know aren’t right, and they think, well, if they’re such great Christians and they can do that… it must be all right. This attitude can either lead them to do the same things or to turn away from God altogether.
We need to remember that God has called us to be responsible for our action – but our responsibility doesn’t stop there. We are also responsible helping others to lift them up when they fall.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.
Galatians 6:1-3 NIV
There are three (3) important principles that Satan doesn’t want us to grasp:
1. When we become aware that a sister/brother has fallen into sin, we are to do whatever we can to help lift up that person. Even the best of us fail at times, but it is important to note that the wordovertakendoesn’t mean a deliberate, intentional sin. It’s as if someone is walking down an icy sidewalk, slips, and falls. That’s how Christian life works – nearly everyone slips sometimes.
What then should be our attitude when this happens? We should offer to help, of course! If someone slips on the ice, don’t you naturally rush over to help that person to get up? That’s a Christian principle. But the enemy wants to make sure that you don’t do the right thing. He might even whisper in your ear, “Just don’t look in her direction.”, or “Ignore her.”, or ‘You are not obligated to help her get up.” or maybe “Why? you don’t know her.”. It’s easy to ignore people in need help.
The word “restore” meansto put or bring back into existence or use; to return something to an earlier or original condition by repairing it. The goal is not to see that the person gets punished, but that the person gets healed.
2. When we become aware some has fallen, instead of pointing fingers and looking down on them, we should look at ourselves. Surroundings could be tempting. The devils could have tempted us to do the same thing or something else just as bad – or even worse. We need to look with compassion on those who fall and remind ourselves, “Except for the grace of God, I could be there. I could be that person you failed.”
3. Push away pride in our own achievement.
Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
If we think we are more spiritual, we’re deceiving ourselves. We must not compare our achievements with others. The enemy is thrilled when we compare ourselves as being superior. But when we compare ourselves with the standards Jesus sets for us, we have no cause to be conceited or prideful. Instead, we can be humbly thankful that the Lord is at work in our lives.
You and I could fail, in any aspect of our lives, that could happen to anyone! But thanks be to God, that no matter how many times we failed Him, He’s still there! His love never fails, His kindness never gives up, and His faithfulness is never ending. And like what Jesus did, let’s allow ourselves to be the vessel and an instrument to show them to others.
This Christmas, let us be reminded to help those who have fallen. Let us share the love of God and be selfless enough to bring joy and peace to a person whose in need. Let us always remember that, except for God’s grace, we could be the one who failed.