by Michael Gilbert
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Gal. 6:2, KJ21)
A Christian is not sinlessly perfect.
Although not willfully practicing sin, occasionally, a child of God will sin against the God of heaven (I Jn. 1:8). Those who are faithful to God have the God-given responsibility to “restore” those who have been overtaken in a trespass (Gal. 6:1).
The word “restore” carries with it the idea of mending something until it is completely fixed. Matthew penned these words, “And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James…and John…in a ship…mending their nets” (Matt. 4:21). James and John were mending their nets so as to make them suitable for catching fish.
Likewise, Christians are to restore (mend) their brethren who have been overtaken by some sin. This “mending” is for this purpose: that the erring brother may be saved from Hell, and once again be fitted for service to Christ (James 5:19-20). This process is rarely an instantaneous one, but one which requires much patience and a consideration of one’s own life lest sin enter in.