Correction of a fellow Christian is something Jesus definitely tells us to do. But He warns us to be careful not to judge, especially openly, but when correcting make sure you are not doing the same nor have anything that needs correction yourself. If you are in the practice of judging someone while knowingly having something against you, your judgement may be worse. There is a difference between judging and correcting. Judging is something we should not do but we are told to correct even though we have conditions given by Jesus in order to correct someone. Jesus tells us this. It is recorded in Matthew while Jesus was speaking to a large crowd.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5
We all have something that we have done wrong that either we continue to do or has been something in the past that still has not been forgiven. In order to be forgiven we must be able to forgive others for wronging us. Jesus takes it a step further when discussing personal sinful attacks and the consequence of disobedience.
“Moreover, if your brother commits a sin against you, go and show him his fault — but privately, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he doesn’t listen, take one or two others with you so that every accusation can be supported by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to hear them, tell the congregation; and if he refuses to listen even to the congregation, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax-collector. Yes! I tell you people that whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. Matthew 18:15-18
Paul, when traveling to the different towns where both Jew and Gentile lived, took the issues of the city and brought the teachings of Jesus. For the Jews this was not just a reminder of the Torah but an expansion to better understand what it means now that the Messiah has come.
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. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:1-8
Paul takes the Word given by Jesus and makes it understandable to all. Because of His background in the Synagogue, Paul new what the Law and Prophets said and with Jesus he now truly understood what it meant for the world.
In the passage above, Paul warns against falling into the trap of being tempted to sin while correcting someone of the same. He also warns against being fake, or pretending to be someone else and turning that into a common lifestyle. We do not need to pretend to be someone else nor compare ourselves to others.
If a person sows ungodly things then the individual will suffer the consequences. If a person sows the Word through thought, speech, and deed, then that person will see rewards in heaven.
Be of the Good Spirit and do not let someone else’s ungodliness turn you away. Do not judge but with compassion and humility, correct the sinner. That is one of the many ways God desires of us to live a Christ-like life. Have faith and do not waiver though it is easy in this day and age to be tempted.
May God’s Grace and Mercy be with you.
Love and Blessings to you all.