"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted” - Galatians 6:1
If a fellow brother or sister in Christ for some reason has fallen into temptation, it is the duty of the church to recover and restore that person from their error and fault through counseling and prayer.
They should never be approached with criticism or with a prideful attitude acting as if you would never commit a sinful act or would never "do such a thing."
This person is already remorseful and in deep distressed over what they have done, but yet he or she is being kicked down even further in shame and disgust.
Carefully consider with consciousness that none of us have arrived to the place of perfection, but this is our goal, this is what we are striving for every day. Secondly, we all are experiencing a struggle within us between the flesh and the spirit, and that even the most confident believer may fall, but it doesn’t mean it’s over.
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” – Galatians 5:17
While your eyes may be so fixed on someone else's fault, Satan may seize the opportunity to sneak upon you when you least expect and entice you to acting on a desire that is unpleasing to God. For this reason, you should pray that you are not found in somewhat of a mess yourself.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.