Have you ever pictured a scenario like this: On a battlefield where a war is going on; you have a lot of soldiers fighting against each other. The red side are winning massively against the blue side. Now the blue side has some mildly or seriously wounded compatriots on the battlefield and instead of helping them up, the remaining blue soldiers start killing them off. Strange isn’t it?
But you see, that scenario is one which we see very often in the body of Christ. We are soldiers and everyday we are on the battlefield warring against the devil; and all the time we have situations when our fellow soldiers (fellow believers) get wounded in battle and we finish them off rather than help them.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness…” Galatians 6: 1.
Paul recommends restoration for the fallen soldier. The mortar that holds the body of Christ is Love. Its the love of God on our inside that compels us to look out for each other.
“…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Philippians 2: 3.
Love will consider the other person first, that is the way the righteous person is built. Now how do we kill off our fallen soldiers? By tearing them down with our words and destructive criticism, instead of praying for them.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed…” James 5: 16.
This is what we should do. If a brother or sister falls into sin, seek them out, pray for them so that they may be healed; so that they may be restored back to life. Peter told us that love covers a multitude of sins (1Peter 4: 8) and its so true because God’s love covered all our sins. God doesn’t judge us when we fall and miss the mark, He requires us to confess our faults to Him and be made whole (1 John 1:9). God expects us to do the same because He has deposited the same love in our hearts (Roman 5: 5) and we are to be like our Father in heaven.
Let us help our fallen brethren; let us help those who have fallen to stand again instead of finishing them off. This is what God would have us do.