Ministries of Truth & Tears
Topic: Galatians Passage: Galatians 5:25–6:5
Vs. 1 deals with how to relate to one another when it comes to sin issues.
Vs. 2-3 deals with how we relate to one another’s suffering and burdens.
Vs. 3-5 deals with how we relate to our peers.
Vs. 6-7 deals with how we relate to our teachers and ministers.
Vs. 9-10 deals with how we relate to our neighbors and to those in the household of faith.
Galatians 5:25 – 6:5
Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
Matthew 7:1 DOES NOT prohibit officers in Christ’s church from making and pronouncing moral judgments or taking church disciplinary steps.
Matthew 7:1 does not prohibit Christians going to one another with concern over continual patterns of sin.
Matthew 7:1 does not prohibit Christians from proclaiming the gospel that tells all people they are sinners in need of a Savior.
It is hypocritical judgmentalism that is rejected in Matthew 7.
We all are to judge ourselves by the SAME Biblical standards.
First, we must deal with the ‘who’ question.
Who is to be confronted in their sin and who is to do the confronting?
Brothers. This is a reference to fellow Christians.
…you who are spiritual…
They are those in whom God’s Spirit dwells and is cultivating His fruit within. (5:16)
It's just one who walks according to God's Spirit, and that means walks in obedience to the Spirit who has revealed His will in the Word of God.
When someone is caught in sin.
Being “caught in sin” refers to a deep rooted pattern of sin that seems to surface over and over again.
…you who are spiritual should restore him…
The purpose is restoration.
The Greek word for restore is the same word used to refer to setting a broken bone back in place. So this means to help set one back into place (spiritually & relationally)
For the bitterness, anger and resentment to be dealt with, we cannot simply throw those things out, we must put Christ back in His proper place and then those attitudes will be healed.
…you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.
Gentleness takes into account your approach.
When is the best time to confront?
Gentleness takes into account your attitude.
What is your tone. Do you speak in a way that communicates humility; opposed to superiority and condescension?
We are to approach our fellow believes in the exact same manner we would want to be approached if we were in their shoes and had been caught up on continual sin.
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