Brothers In The Spirit
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. — Galatians 6:1
I love this transition from Galatians 5 to 6 because Paul helps us see that there is a Spirit that works in us to guide us, but this does not rule out the working of the Spirit in others. The Spirit works through us and others for mutual benefit driving us to accountability with God.
But accountability on this level assumes a few things that are evident in this text. First, that we're in close enough proximity to know the transgression of another brother. Second, that we're attentive to the Spirit enough to feel a conviction about their present challenges. Third, that we're motivated to restore them for their benefit, not to draw attention to our holiness. Fourth, that we're humble in our approach so that the way we correct will not lead us into sin.
But fellas, it's the first assumption in this list that I think is the big one. We are simply not close enough to another brother for him to even know what's going on in his life. Do you know why? Because we know how to isolate ourselves so that we can do whatever we want. And then one day, we look up and discover we're in a huge mess all alone because we hid, isolated, and secluded ourselves from other brothers because we preferred the flesh over the Spirit. And guess what. A little bit of the Spirit's accountability could have stopped it all.
Today I want you to name a brother who has helped you spiritually. Share his name in the comments and, in short, how the Spirit worked in him to help you. And if you are out there today and don't have a spiritual brother, I pray God will put a name on your mind today, and you will run to him before you find yourself in a huge mess.
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