Journal Gal 6 (all references are from the ESV unless noted otherwise; changes in punctuation are mine)

Scripture: “Brothers: If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.

Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is “something” (when he is nothing), he deceives himself.

[But] Let each one test his own work…and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor—for each will have to bear his own load.” Gal 6:1-5

Observation: Operational Christianity! This is a description of humility in thought, word, and deed.

Analysis: What is the usual breakdown in the practice of accountability? The assumption of superiority—I am lording over another, presumably to help the weak.

And (Jesus) said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them and those in authority are called “benefactors.” But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves…” Luke 22:25-26

“…not domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.” 1 Pet 5:3b

I get this mixed up often, especially with my wife. It is easy to apply this to brother Joe, whom I see maybe twice or three times a week for an hour or three total—a hit here, a hit there, feeling pretty good that I gave “good advice”, but…I can’t do that with my spouse. I must walk the walk because I am ALWAYS seen.

To the Galatians, Paul brings the following principles (not in order). If I see a brother trespass:

  1. Be committed to be gentle. Firm, but gentle.
  2. Remember that I have walked/am walking in his shoes and have no right to feel superior; I need a Savior daily.
  3. Pay attention to the temptation of having an attitude of superiority.
  4. Bear another’s burden. Superiority may be first revealed by having an “arm’s length” approach to ministry.
  5. For if anyone thinks he is “something” (when he is nothing), he deceives himself.” Can’t say this any better.

Are there other steps? Sure, there are: progressive discipline can be applied (c. Matt 18), but that is not what is being taught by Paul (although all the warnings are still applicable).

These are “everyday” principles being described by Paul, all of them descriptions of Humility.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your word. Thank you for the reminder of humbly walking in your footsteps with being a servant of the Most High front of mind.


Ricky Two Shoes