Once upon a time, I received some very unpleasant news about a brother from our church. It’s not important what he did, but he was caught and put in jail because of it. I’ll call him Brother John.
My dad knows Brother John quite well, so for months I debated in my head whether or not I should ask my dad about the situation. Eventually, while I was talking to my dad, I just decided to ask him about it because I knew he had to have learned about it by then.
I was very surprised by the way my dad responded. “Brother John needs our love and compassion now, more than ever” he said.
It’s not that my dad is a mean or unkind person. He’s a strong Christian man who takes his faith very seriously and he has always been that way. I’ve always known him to be very strict about keeping the ten commandments and striving to keep up the high standard that God wants from us.
My dad’s reaction that day taught me something very valuable. Though it is very important to strive to keep the commandments of God, we must never judge and condemn others when they fall, but we must treat them in a gentle manner and help them back up. My dad said it like this:
“There’s no use in talking about or dwelling on what he did wrong. That is between Brother John and God. Now it is for us to help him up and out of his troubled state, because today it’s Brother John, but tomorrow it may be you or I.” — My Dad
Like the text says (Galatians 6:1), let us restore one another in a spirit of gentleness and continually consider ourselves, because we all have our faults and shortcomings.
See you soon,