I recently shared this Bible passage in one of my coaching classes.
Galatians 6 New International Version (NIV)
Doing Good to All
6 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. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are somethingwhen they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 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. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
This passage speaks to me of watching out for my loved ones and helping those that are in need. At the same time, I need to make sure that I’m conducting myself humbly.
A lot of times, I notice someone saying something out of line, or doing something that could later lead to problems, but I don’t step forward to say anything. I tend to feel like I don’t want to speak up because I might hurt that person’s feelings. But, this is a really backward way of thinking!
If I see a friend doing something wrong, I’m supposed to reach out and help them! Why would I ever think that keeping quiet would bring any benefits? If I saw a friend walking out into traffic, I’d for sure yell out to them, chase after them and do everything I could to save their life. When I see someone doing something that is potentially damaging, but not immediately life threatening, I should treat it with the same urgency.
This passage also says in verse 1, “But watch yourselves, or you may also be tempted.” To me, this means that as I’m trying to help someone else, I have to watch myself, or I could fall into the same problem that I’m trying to help my friend get out of. Verse 3 says, “If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.” This tells me that I have to keep myself in check to make sure I don’t become arrogant in my attempts to help others. I can’t forget that I also make mistakes and also need help from others.
These are tenets of life that I can apply in so many areas – not just with family and friends, but with all that I interact with.
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