We live in very trying times to say the least. Everywhere we look we can see total corruption in our world. Not to mention the fact that the world tells us repeatedly that anything we do is okay. We live in a time where we don’t want to offend anyone. So, if it feels good do it, as long as it’s not bothering me; or even if it is bothering me. The Church itself subscribes to this thinking to a great degree. We have gotten away from telling people that God doesn’t tolerate sin. So, when a brother or sister finds themselves engaging in sin, we don’t help them overcome it. The Church has largely come to believe that we have a right to do as we please because we are under grace. However, Paul tell us in Romans 6:15, “What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid”. As followers of Christ, we do not have the right to go about living as the world, indulging in whatever feels good. But with the world and the Church both consenting, it can be hard to stay the course in our walk with Jesus.
Temptation is very strong and compelling in our world today: billboard ads along the interstates, seductive television during primetime, etc. And the Church just looks the other way because we must keep the seats full. These things take us away from the journey the Lord put us on when He called us into His marvelous light. We have believed a lie.
The Word of God encourages us to maintain the course even when we stumble. Galatians 6:1-9 states that if we are overtaken with the world (and we must realize that we all can be overtaken with sin, not one is exempt), we can recover. We should help a brother in need of recovery; not ridicule him because he stumbled. We need to let people lean on us while they are carrying a heavy burden. The load is easier when we lend a hand. This is how we are to be as fellow Christians.
The issue here is not if we fall into sin, but when we fall into sin. We all have at some point given in to our own desires and stumbled; especially, when we are young Christians. This can cause us to want to give up the journey. Paul encourages us to not grow weary in well doing. Nothing worth having was accomplished effortlessly. Rather, people travelled through great struggles and trials. However, in the end, their efforts were rewarded. The same is true for us. So, next time you encounter a brother or sister in need, reach out with sincerity and in the Spirit of the Lord; not in the spirit of the world which likes to kick us when we are down. Remember also, that we will reap our reward when we stay the course.