BROTHER’S KEEPER

“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.” – Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

Have you ever heard of a shocking scandal in the news and immediately thought of all the severe punishments the perpetrator should face? Now, imagine getting closer and discovering the culprit is your biological brother. Your perspective might shift dramatically. Instead of seeking retribution, you’d likely feel a surge of compassion, eager to help your brother clear his name and guide him away from future trouble.

As believers, we have gained more in Christ than salvation and a supernatural life. In Christ, we have been adopted into God’s family, giving us millions of brothers and sisters worldwide, starting with those in our local assembly.

When a believer falls, especially one close to you, your instinct should be to pray for them, reach out, and restore them. You should cultivate relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ that allow for accountability and collective growth.

God desires that we are not alone. In fact, sin and false teachings are more likely to be birthed in isolation and secrecy.

Corporate fellowship ensures accountability and divine unity. It is powerful. When we sharpen one another in fellowship, we strengthen each other and weaken the devil’s power.

Galatians 6:2 charges us to bear each other’s burdens. To bear one another’s burdens is to hold up one another’s weary hands – whatever that may relate to – and bring one another back to a position of strength. Our zeal for our brethren must be palpable and discernible.

Do you notice when a brother or sister is absent from service? Do you reach out to them? Are you genuinely saddened by the news of a fellow believer backsliding?

When God told Samuel that He had rejected Saul as king because of his disobedience, the Bible tells us that Samuel cried out to God all night (1 Samuel 15:11). This is how we ought to respond to the news of a brother or sister battling with inconsistencies.

You also have the responsibility to strengthen a fellow believer you think is weak or struggling in their faith, and you must do this in love (Galatians 6:1-2).

You should not keep silent when you find a brother or sister in Christ in error. With a genuine desire to help, you must approach them in love, reminding them of their identity in Christ (Matthew 18:15-17).

Dear believer, are you your brother’s keeper? You should be!

Bible Reading Plan: Luke 23:  33- 56

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