Well then, you who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you teach against stealing, do you steal take what does not really belong to you? You who say not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery [are you unchaste in action or in thought]?
For, as it is written, the name of God is maligned and blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you! This is where many young or insecure Christians find themselves.
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 actions. We are also responsible to help lift up others when they fall.
First, when we become aware that a sister or brother has fallen into sin, we are to do whatever we can to help lift up that person. Paul wrote, If any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
What then should be our attitude when this happens? We should offer to help, of course.
Ignore her. You are not obligated to help her get up. The Greek word translated restores was once a medical term used by a surgeon to describe medical procedures like removing a growth from a body or setting a broken arm. The goal is not to see that the person gets punished, but that the person gets healed. The second point Paul made is that when we become aware someone has fallen, instead of pointing fingers and looking down on them, we should look at ourselves.
The devil could have tempted us to do the same thing or something else just as bad. The third thing is to push away pride in our own achievements.
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Proverbs AMPC gives this warning: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. We must not compare our achievements with others, but instead ask ourselves, Have I really done all that I could have done? Satan is thrilled when we compare ourselves with those who fail and see 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.
Prayer Starter: Lord Jesus, please remind me to find those who have fallen. Help me to remember that, except for Your grace, I could be the one who failed. But most of Joice, help me to remember that You are always with me and will help me overcome the evil one. I give You praise for all these things. God has more for us than just going to church. Learn why spending time in His Word will produce amazing in your life. The Bible is your ultimate instruction book, providing answers for every area of your life! Learn more. At any time you can unsubscribe and remove your consent.
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