Dealing with sin in the lives of Christians is one of the most difficult responsibilities that falls upon the body of Christ. As we read in today’s passage, we are to confront our kindred in Christ about sin in their lives. This task must fall to those who are spiritually mature; it is to be done gently, with humility and a vulnerable spirit. But it must be done. As the human body confronts infections and works hard to eradicate them, so the spiritual body must confront and deal with sin.
Praise the Lord: “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. I know, O Lord, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me. May my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be put to shame” (Psalm 119:73-75, 80).
Pray this confession to God to keep your life free from sin and in close relationship with Him: “It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools. Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city” (Ecclesiastes 7:5-6, 19).
Confess any sins tha the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. Thank the Lord for His gift of salvation, let His will be done, and voice your affirmation to Him: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much, preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word” (Psalm 119:105-107).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- Discretion in dealing with friends,
- God’s guidance in relationships,
- Opportunities to help those who are hurting.
Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1),
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load” (Galations 6:1-5).