Galatians 6:1 – “Brothers and sisters, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore them in a sense of gentleness…”
What does this passage mean? Well, first of all, the word “caught” isn’t referring to them being “caught out” doing the wrong thing. It more means that they are “caught up” in sin, and so this passage refers to someone who isn’t seeking to intentionally sin, but is someone who made a mistake. Paul encourages that they should be “restored” to faith gently, not ignored, excused, or condemned; but restored.
How do I correct those around me? Paul encourages us to strike a balance. There can be a tendency to shy away from giving correction, and pretend that nothing is wrong, or we can be too harsh on someone and cause more harm than good. How can we correct those around us such that we strike a godly balance, and our input is a blessing?
Lord, help me to love those around me well. Help give me the courage to speak words of loving, biblical correction into those around me, but to do so with love and gentleness, guarding against pride, that my speech would bless those around me. Amen.