By Pamela Rose Williams
“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.” (Galatians 6:1)
Its all about attitude! When you see that your brother or sister is headed down the wrong path you must be careful to keep your attitude in check when you reprove them. Today’s verse says that the attitude that you should have is that of meekness or else you may be tempted as well. How is that? Glad you asked!
One good definition of meek is “humble in spirit or manner; tame”. So think about it; isn’t it far more likely that someone will listen to you when you have a meek attitude? I find it interesting that this verse gives the “how to” and the “consequence” if you do not follow the “how to”, you are to have a meek spirit (attitude) when you approach someone who is in err, you may also be tempted … tempted into what? I believe it means that you will be tempted to be prideful. Approach humbly and he/she whom you approach is most likely to accept your rebuke with the grace and love that was intended.
The Bible encourages us to speak the truth:
These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates (Zechariah 8:16)
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4;15)
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. (1 Timothy 8:16)
We are also told that it is wise to practice meekness:
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13)
Attitude is everything! Keep it in check and you will please the Lord when you need to help a brother or sister who is headed down the wrong path.
Things to Think About and Do
- How is meekness different than weakness?
- List 2 more Bible verses or passages that speak of proper attitudes or improper attitudes.
- What is a good definition of truth?