April 25, 2012 - The Neglected Commandment
By Mary Leola Boyd
I once heard a sermon on the neglected commandment to which the church desperately needs to be alerted: “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, KJV).
It is a sad commentary on brotherly love when a Christian takes morbid pleasure in spreading the news that so-and-so in the church has backslidden, rather than to go and restore such a one as unobtrusively as possible.
There is many a sheep in the wilderness of sin today, ashamed, miserable in soul and body, and homesick for the Lord, yet still wandering because this commandment has been neglected. But oh, the tact, love and mercy that must be used in fulfilling it! That is why Paul specified that only the “spiritual” would qualify. That is why he, under the Spirit, added the complementary commandment, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). Only the spiritual can get under the burden as though it were his own, and feel compassion for another’s weakness.
It might be profitable for all of us to search our hearts. If our attitude toward the fallen be tinged with self-righteous condemnation, then we are yet carnal and would but drive the erring one farther away. We need to judge ourselves and get low before the Lord who said, “Considering thyself lest thou also be tempted.”
To be truly spiritual is to keep fully aware that we stand not in our own strength, but in that of Christ Jesus who “is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30,31).
— Adapted from “The Neglected Commandment” by Mary Leola Boyd, originally published in the May 17, 1953, Pentecostal Evangel.
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