Help, Don’t Hinder
by Greg Gwin


What do you do when you see a fellow Christian make a mistake? It may be a simple error of judgment, or it could be a more serious blunder - a sin that can potentially send his soul into eternal hell. What will you do?

Actually there are several options open to you. You could ignore the situation totally. Or you might, in your own mind, ridicule his foolishness.  If you’re a little bolder, you could gossip with others about his error - belittling him as you do so. You see, there are a number of things you could do.

But, of course, there is only one thing you should do - there is only one God-ordained course of action.

  • “He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).
  • “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

The fact is that we all need the help, encouragement and strengthening that comes from our brethren. Sadly, too often we do things that hinder rather than help our brother when he is down.

The next time you are confronted with such a situation, remember that - if you want to please God - your choice is already made. If your brother has made a mistake, there can be no ignoring of the problem, no back-biting gossip, no thoughts of ridicule or humiliation. Go to your brother with the help he needs. Don’t forget that you are certain to need this kind of help in the future, tool