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—Gal. 6:1.
Let us learn well
this lesson of reproving others very gently, very
considerately, kindly, by a hint rather than a direct
charge and detail of the wrong—by an inquiry respecting
the present condition of their hearts rather than
respecting a former condition, in which we know
they have erred. We are to be less careful for the punishments that
will follow wrongdoing than for the recovery of the
erring one out of the error of his way. We are not to
attempt to judge and punish one another for misdeeds,
but rather to remember that all this is in the hands of
the Lord; we are not in any sense of the word to avenge
ourselves or to give any chastisement or recompense for
passages: Isa. 57:15; Rom. 15:1,7; 1.Cor. 8:9,11; 9:22;
Heb. 12:13; Jas. 5:19,20;Prov. 24:16; 28:5; Rom.
8:9,14,15; 1.Cor. 4:21; 2.Thes. 3:15; 2.Tim.