Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness…
I. WHAT THAT DUTY IS.
1. We are members one of another.
2. It is our interest to keep our members together, and in good health.
3. A means of doing this is timely admonition.
II. RULES FOR ITS EFFECTIVE DISCHARGE.
1. It does not follow that where-ever a man sees vice he is bound to rebuke it. Reproof may exasperate.
2. Regard must be had to the circumstances of the offending party.
3. An exact proportion should be preserved between the offence and the rebuke; failings are not necessarily sins.
4. The rebuke should be given privately.
5. Take care not to be chargeable with the same fault yourself.
6. The end in view must not be the gratification of a private pique, but restoration.
III. THE EVIL OF NEGLECTING IT.
1. Evil is encouraged by neglect.
2. The good are lost for the want of timely interference.
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.