Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted (Galatians 6:1 NKJV).
Every single one of us makes mistakes, falls, gives in to temptation, gets off track, or turns in another direction. We are not exempt. How we handle our own mistakes and the mistakes or missteps of others says quite a bit about our relationship with Christ.
Gentleness, I have found, can often be lacking when we address someone who has strayed off the Godly path and given in to temptation. More often, we tend to smack them over the head with Scripture and a heaping helping of condemnation. Ever notice how this has the opposite effect of what we may be going for? Where’s the love in that?
We tend to use our address of the mistake as speaking the truth to the other person “in love”. However, we fail to realize that when we point things out this particular way we come off as being more judgmental and condemning than loving. If someone were to speak to us the same way, we’d be less inclined to listen.
Jesus is a gentleman. He was gentle and kind to every sinner He met. He never continued to point out anyone’s sin or mistake, He simply forgave and told them to sin no more. We can learn a lot from Him. He is the Truth. When we are gentle with others, speaking the truth in love is speaking His Truth about who they are in Him and how He loves them.
Practice gentleness with others and yourself. Speak the Truth of Jesus, you can never go wrong with that!
I love ya, have a great day!