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Galatians 6:1-5
Our heart's response to moral failure
Published July 14th, 2018
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Main point summary
Galatians 6:1-10
The attitude of our heart in the midst of moral failure.
Main point summary
As we restore someone in their moral failure let us keep watch over our own life and not find confidence in how we compare to them, because we will be held responsible for own actions.
Galatians 6:1-10
Galatians 6:1-5
Brothers, 1 o if anyone is caught in any transgression,
Brethren, when someone is found in sin
p you who are spiritual should restore him
You who are spiritually mature should seek his restoration
in q a spirit of gentleness.
Do this in a spirit of kindness and gentleness
Keep watch on yourself,
Don't be prideful, but seek to be violent with sin in your own life
lest you too be tempted.
So that , you also don't fall into temptation
r Bear one another’s burdens,
In love you should care for one another's in their struggles
and s so fulfill t the law of Christ.
with the result that you will complete the command of Christ
For u if anyone thinks he is something,
For , if anyone is prideful in his own actions
v when he is nothing,
even though he is still in sin
he deceives himself.
he will deceive himself
But let each one w test his own work,
Instead , each one should test their own actions
and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone
Then his confidence will be in his own deeds
and not in his neighbor.
And not in his neighbour's failures
For x each will have to bear his own load .
For , everyone is held responsible for their own actions
How does one distinguish with 2a-2b between an Action-Result or an Action-Purpose?
The attitude of our heart in the midst of moral failure.
In the Church community we often hear stories of moral failure; especially when it has occurred among leadership. If the person is repentant you must restore them. This doesn't necessarily mean restored to the leadership position they may have been in, but rather taking them through the process of public confession and prayer. There can be an incredible feeling of guilt and humiliation that comes along with an exposed sin. Therefore, we must do it in a spirit of gentleness. Paul, actually spends more time talking here on those that would be restoring the person. He commands them, "Keep watch on yourself" . We have to be very attentive of what our heart and mind are doing in the midst of this process. Now of course we don't neglect "bearing one another's burdens" because we might have bad motives, but rather we bring our heart before God asking him to help our hearts be positioned rightly. The reason we must watch our heart is because we can quickly esteem ourselves by comparing ourselves to a person's failures. Their dirty sin makes you look clean. When this happens to somebody they actually fall into deception. It's an internal path in our heart that needs to be dealt with. We must all realize that we are really no better than that person. Anyone can fall into sin. So then, instead of comparing ourselves to them for our own promotion we must test our own deeds. God will not judge you on that last day by comparing you to someone else's' deeds! Ultimately we are commanded to obey the "law of Christ" by bearing one another's burdens, but also realizing that we will have to "bear his (our) own load". This is selfless love.
Thank you for your helpful analysis of this text.  Do you mind I ask you some questions about it?  I really appreciated your observation that more is devoted to the one restoring than the one being restored.  Thank you for being here on this website.
Wellington Driedger
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