“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.” Galations 6:5-6
What do you do if your friend sins? Is it any of your business? Do you let them continue? Do you point it out to them? Do you pawn it off to someone else? Shouldn’t that be the job of a pastor to confront them? Do you join in?
According to Galations, for those we love, our job is to gently and lovingly point out their sin, sharing with them God’s Word and plan for them. Then, after helping them to see and come to repentance, to further restore them, we may help them to make amends where needed. We stand by their side in prayer, and physically as well, while healing is occurring.
We also need to test our own actions against Scripture, carrying our own load, as well as the load of our friends. Afterall, we are hoping they will be there for us too.