1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.—Gal. 6:1-3 (NIV)
God is waiting to show you the Way.
When we see some Christian brother or sister that is caught in a sin, we should pray for that person. While we are praying for that person, we should also ask the Holy Spirit to give us the words we need to say to them. We need to ask God to give them a receptive spirit to the words and speak those words in love and offer to help them, if we can. Be sure we are not belittling or harsh in our comments. At the same time, we must be sincere and not back down if we personally know that we are speaking the truth and it is not just hearsay. Correcting our brothers and sisters just might be the hardest thing we are ever asked to do. Why? Because we are not perfect and never will be. We will have to risk rejection and possibly a bad reaction from them. If they respond badly, you may be tempted to react to their actions. Don’t!
Do not gossip (or as we Christians love to say, “share”) about the incident or the person. The next thing is to take other witnesses with you.
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.–Matt. 18:15-17 (NIV)
Psalm 19:12, 13 NKJV 12 Who can understand his errors?
God is waiting to show you the way.
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
As Christians, we are not usually tempted to go out and do what the world normally perceives as sin. No, satan has to be a little sneaky when he comes after us. Every decision we make has a consequence, either for good or for bad. Do not be deceived,there is no neutral ground in spiritual warfare. How can we know when we have “missed the mark”? God sent His Spirit to lead us into all truth and convict us when we have erred. Our sins are usually those of the presumptive type. We presume to know answers to things that are too hard for us to know. The reason presumption is a sin, is because it is a fruit of being prideful. We would never be so bold as to say out loud that we can make decisions without the leadership of God’s Holy Spirit. But, have you ever had that thought cross your mind or do you act out of habit without consulting God? Jesus said if we consider the thought, we are guilty of the sin. Those thoughts lead to ideas which lead to actions and those lead to bad habits. When this happens, sin is trying to get dominion over us. Ask God’s Holy Spirit to correct you and ask for forgiveness, so that we can be blameless and innocent of great transgression. We set alerts so that certain websites send us a notification if we are about to cross a line. Set an alert with God’s Holy Spirit and ask Him to notify You before You cross the line.