How to deal with the sinner within us

How to deal with the sinner within us (when we are dealing with the sinner among us)

First, let’s go back to verse one and look at that specific example of a brother sinning.

“Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

Notice this! Even when those who are spiritual are gently restoring a sinning brother or sister, Paul warns them of their own propensity to sin!

2.a. Looking at yourself

“Look to yourself” or as the ESV puts it “Keep watch!” Not a vain, looking in the mirror and admiring the face looking back but a careful watching of our own hearts as we gently deal with the heart of another. Instead, we are to be like the watchmen on the tower, ever vigilant in their wait for the approaching enemy. Sin crouches at our very doorstep and we must be wary and watchful for its coming. We are all such weak vessels of God’s love and grace. We must be diligent to watch our own souls lest we too fall into sin, just as our brother has, and be in need, as they are, of restoration!

And in our carrying each other’s burdens Paul again must warn us of our own selfishness…

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