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. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
BEAR AND SHARE THE BURDENS
- Restore a brother who has fallen.
- Should be done only by those who are spiritual – that is, walking and being directed by the Spirit.
- Should be done in a spirit of meekness.
- Should be aware of your own ability to sin.
2 Tim. 2:24-26 – And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil….
- Support one another.
Romans 15:1 – We then who are strong ought to bear with the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
- Beware of spiritual pride.
Romans 12:3 – For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
- Examine yourself. No one can boast when he measures himself and his work against the standard of God’s perfection.
- Realize your own responsibility.
Romans 14:14 – Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
BE GENEROUS AND DO GOOD
- Do good to your teachers.
1 Cor. 9:11, 14 – If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
- Do good to others.
Galatians 6:10 – So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- Law of reaping and sowing.
- God will cause a harvest from our seeds.
- God will bring the harvest about in His time.
- Good seeds will bring a good harvest.
- Bad seeds will bring a bad harvest.
- While we wait for our harvest.
- Do not become discouraged.
- Keep your faith alive and active.
- Give and keep on giving.
- Love and keep on loving.
- Live in an attitude of expectancy.
1 Cor. 15:18 – Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding (super abundant, have in excess, greatly surpass, excel) in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.