Main point summary
Restore a brother found in sin with love, examining your own heart and actions
Brothers, 1 o if anyone is caught in any transgression,
Beloved, if somebody is found to be in sin,
p you who are spiritual should restore him
then you who are keeping in step with the spirit should build him back up
in q a spirit of gentleness.
in a loving and kind way.
Keep watch on yourself,
Examine your own heart
lest you too be tempted.
so that you don't fall into sin
r Bear one another’s burdens,
Help each other in your struggles
and s so fulfill t the law of Christ.
in order that you may fulfill the command of Christ( ie. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”)
For u if anyone thinks he is something,
Because , if you think you are above falling into sin
v when he is nothing,
even though you are very capable of sinning
he deceives himself.
then you will deceive yourself
But let each one w test his own work,
Therefore examine your own actions
and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone
with the result that you will be confident in your own actions
and not in his neighbor.
and not with how they compare with others
For x each will have to bear his own load.
Because every individual is held responsible for his own actions.
How does this verse apply to Church Discipline? People fail. Its actually quite inevitable. Everyone is susceptible to giving into temptation. And what is very important is how we respond to people's failures as a corporate body and as individuals. 1. Are they repentant? ( If they aren't then there must be the due process of Church Discipline which I will not address further) 2. The process of restoring must not be harsh are cold. If they have repented their must be a full welcome into fellowship. We should build them up and restore them so that they may not feel excessively grieved and condemned by their failure. 3. We must watch our own hearts and test our actions. We do not do this in comparison with other peoples failures but rather according to the divine Law of God. God will hold us accountable for our actions and our's alone. 4. We do #3 because If we puff ourselves up by looking at others failures then we will deceive ourself. This will set us up for even more failure.