Galatians 6:1-18

Galatians 6:1-2 “Brothers if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

When I first read this I was thinking of those that point out my sins, and then I was thinking about whose sins I point out and I was wondering if I was comfortable with this? And I was thinking... would I, or am I also tempted by another’s sin? And then I realized that maybe this wasn’t what Paul was saying at all. Maybe there was another way to look at this. Maybe it wasn’t that I would be tempted by their sin or the sin they were committing, but maybe I would sin by judging the other…, by judging then moving on. But, Paul goes on to say “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

What is the law of Christ? Is it Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

So, Paul is saying, yes, we will see people sin and we will even see ourselves sin and we should acknowledge that we do sin. But, do it gently, with love, and without judgment.

Galatians 6: 7-10 “Do not be deceived: GOD cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

So when we see sin in others, we must realize we are all broken vessels, we all sin and then we must love… we must love for our own health and we must love for the health of others.

There are two great quotes I think about when I want to start to point out the sin in others. From the movie the Italian Job “I trust everyone, it’s the devil inside I don’t trust.”

And from the new song “Demons” from Imagine Dragons,
I want to hide the truth,
I want to shelter you,
But with the beast inside
There is nothing we can hide
No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my Kingdom come
This is my Kingdom come.

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit I pray that as I look at others, and see them sin, I realize that I am also a broken vessel, that we all are broken vessels that need love, and support, and gentle nudges made in love! AMEN

Jim Dietvorst

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