… if someone is caught in a sin
You who are spiritual
Should restore him gently.
But watch yourself
Or you also may be tempted.
Carry each other’s burdens
And in this way
You will fulfill the law of Christ.
If anyone thinks he is something
When he is nothing
He deceives himself.
Each one should test his own actions.
Then he can take pride in himself.
Without comparing himself to somebody else
For each one should carry his own load. …
Do not be deceived.
God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
The one who sows to please his sinful nature
From that nature will reap destruction
The one who sows to please the Spirit
From the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Let us not become weary in doing good
For at the proper time we will reap a harvest
If we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity
Let us do good to all people
Especially to those
Who belong to the family of believers.
-Galatians 6:1-5, 7-10
Is there anything more personally difficult than holding your temper? It’s so easy to flip out when you see someone doing something they’re not supposed to be doing – especially if they claim to be followers of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. But perhaps an even worse personal scenario is when we find ourselves doing exactly that which we had so easily flipped out over! What is fascinating about this passage is the assumption that those who are followers of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach might ‘sin’, can be ‘tempted’, and can be self-‘deceived’. And that is the way we find life to actually be – but take heart! There is a remedy for the brokenness that can happen in a believer’s life.
The Spirit of God is a helper. To live a ‘spiritual’ life is to live a ‘helping’ life – “restore him gently”, “carry each other’s burdens”, “carry . . . [your] own load”. There really is little else as cathartic as putting yourself in the place of a servant and washing the feet of saint and sinner alike. Want to avoid ‘sin’? Serve. Want to ‘test’ yourself? Serve. Want to take ‘pride’ in yourself? Serve. Want to please the Spirit? Serve – don’t ‘become weary in doing good’. We are called to a holy ‘brokenness’, which fulfills the ‘law of Christ’ and ‘reaps eternal life’. Turn, test yourself, live the remedy – serve.
The Lord is coming!