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1Dear brothers and sisters, if another believera is overcome by some sin, you who are godlyb should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Do you have the courage, or more important, the desire to please the Lord, that you can do what this passage tells you too do?

How do you “gently and humbly” help someone?

How important do you think you are?  

It is a very difficult thing to help someone see the errors of their ways.  They may get angry at you, and they probably point out your own faults, and we all have plenty of those.  So what do we do?

This will not work every time, but sometimes it does.  Recognize some fault in yourself that you could use some help with.  Go to the person, and ask them for their help.  If they agree, ask them if you can help them with something in their life so that the situation is more like a partnership where you are each trying to help the other.  It doesn’t always work, but if God is leading you in this way, follow his lead.

What has worked for you?  What practical suggestions do you have?