Verse 1 – 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.
Paul is talking about a Christian who might be suddenly surprised by a temptation, not someone who knowingly and willfully keeps sinning. This almost has to refer to a new believer, because if the believer is older, in the Lord, they know what temptations is.
“You who are spiritual,” are those who are under the influence of the Holy Spirit. This person, more than likely, would be a close friend.
“Restore such a one.” Have you ever tried to talk to another Christian about their sin? They don’t like it! The two areas where they just won’t listen is: sex outside of marriage and drinking and or popping pills. There were two women I took under my wing and worked with trying desperately to get one to stop drinking, and the other from taking pain pills. They are both dead now. One to suicide and the other to an overdose. I had my doubts about their commitment to Christ because their life-styles didn’t add up. They never stopped with the “old person,” but I tried anyway.
Verse 2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
The law of Christ is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Prayer and understanding go a long way when helping another Christian stay on the right tract. However, if the person always depends on others constantly, instead of praying and reading God’s word for themselves, they will never grow. Watch out that these same people don’t drain you spiritually. We can only help those who want to get better.
Verse 3 – For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
This is why we need to be kind when trying to help someone else that might think they have it all together. You never know if one day you may be the one that needs sympathy and compassion with something you are going through.
Verse 4 – But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
We are to compare ourselves to the Word of God, not to others. We examine our own characters. When we start comparing ourselves to others, there is a tendency to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.
Verse 5 – For each one shall bear his own load.
We all have burdens to bear, but our opinion of ourselves should line up with God’s Word, not based on what others do.
Do Not Grow Weary While Doing Good
Verse 6 – Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
Look what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:11: If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? Do you appreciate the person who teaches you God’s Word? If so, show it.
Verse 7 – Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
God knows our hearts, whether we are honest with ourselves or not. He knows the motives behind what we sow. It is a natural law to reap what we sow. This is true in all areas of life. Every action has results. If we plant to satisfy our own desires, we will reap a crop of sorrow and evil. If we plant to please God, love, peace, and joy, then we will reap eternal life.
Verse 8 – For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
How much time do you devote to the things of God? Do you read God’s Word as much as you do other things? Do you help those in need as much as you can? How much time do we really spend helping others? Every time you share the gospel with someone, you are sowing hope into someone’s life, but you have to know the gospel in order to share it.
Verse 9 – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Paul challenged the Galatians and us, to not give up on doing good for people even when they don’t appreciate it. Trust God for the results. Others may never show appreciation to you, but your reward comes from the Lord. God just might pour you out a blessing that you cannot contain if you don’t grow weary.
Verse 10 – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
We are not to neglect and forget those believers which might be in need or a crises. Has God been gracious to you, then why not pass it on to another?
Verse 11 – See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!
Verse 12 – As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these try to compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Verse 13 – For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.
Verse 14 – But God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me and to the world.
Verse 15 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
The fact that a person is born-again, constitutes the real difference between them and other people. People’s customs and rituals or their appearance is not what makes them acceptable. You must be born-again.
Verse 16 – And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
Verse 17 – From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Paul’s authority had been called into question in this Epistle. He was merely telling them, “Don’t bother me on this subject again.”
Verse 18 – Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you in spirit. Amen.
Paul’s letter to the Galatians boldly declares the freedom of the Christian. How sad for a believer to be free from the bondage of sin, only to return to rigid conformity to a strict set of rules and regulations trying to please God.
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been set free. Instead of going back into some form of slavery, whether to legalism or to sin, use your freedom to live for Christ and help set others free by telling them they don’t have to live under that bondage anymore!