“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1-2)
“Overtaken” has an element of surprise to it. “Fault” is more accurately translated as a momentary lapse, a stumble. Who hasn’t found them self in a position, predicament or circumstance that they knew better, but for some reason have found themselves in the middle of?
Also notice that this verse is not for everyone. It addresses the “Brethren”, those brothers (and sisters) in Christ; the Christian! It also addresses those, “which are spiritual”. This is a reference to those in Christ, who live to please Christ and not self or others. It is those who strive to be harmoniously aligned with the character, nature and being of God. It’s a pretty tall order, but must be motivated by the needs of a pure heart.
The Apostle Paul is also specific as to what spirit should be the motivating force. It is the spirit of meekness. Paul demonstrated to the Corinthians the two sides of that spiritual coin. One of fear, the other of meekness/compassion.
“What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?” (1 Corinthians 4:21).
Both fear and meekness have their time, place and purpose. Jude also speaks of this.
“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:22-23)
So here we have Paul telling the Galatians that if a fellow brother in Christ stumbles, those spirit filled Christians should help mend and strengthen the fallen. Paul also warns to take heed and pay attention to yourself so that you also do not stumble and fall in the process.
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ”
All of us can help anyone, regardless of the heavy load being withstood. We may feel helpless because we have no money or resources to dedicate. But all of us can empathize and sympathize. All of us can lend spiritual, moral and emotional support. Most of all, all of us can pray. We can ask God for comfort and resolution for those in distress and under duress.
Sometimes we think we can’t do anything to help someone when the most important thing we can “do”, is to simply “be”. Be the child of God. Be the Christian. Be Christ like. Be there for them. Be the expressed love of God that God has asked us to be. We are designed for this, built for this, all we have to “do” is to “be” like this.