How to Deal with Mistakes

We are commanded not to "speak evil" of our brethren (JAMES 4:11). This refers to both the spiritual life as well as to life in general. However, if somebody falls into sin, then the scriptures give us clear instructions as to how to handle the situation.

If somebody is falling into sin, which means they are trespassing against God's Word, then we are given two options in the New Testament as to how to resolve the matter.

1. "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness..." (GALATIANS 6:1).


2. "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it" (1 JOHN 5:16).

We have to be led by the Lord, to determine which of these two options we have to apply in each individual case; with a sense of responsibility towards our brother and not having the intention of simply pulling him down.

If someone sins against you personally, then according to MATTHEW 18:15, you should first talk to the person concerned and if this is not successful, then verses 16 and 17 should be applied. If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you will act accordingly. Much evil has been caused by people who talk about grievances, just for the sake of finding someone who is willing to listen to them.

In such a situation, a person who is led by the Holy Spirit should realise that the critic has been trespassing against the Word of God. They should then take the time to lead the other one to spiritual restoration, even if they themselves have been wronged by that person. (The way we react when we are wronged in such a situation reveals our spiritual qualities.)


Edify each other: the stronger every single member is, the stronger the Assembly will be! Being able to resist the Prince of this world, to bind his influence and to deliver people out of his claws.


To be successful, an Assembly has to be established in the faith given by God.

All discussion about the failings of others (whether real or imaginary) diverts our attention away from our spiritual strength and onto the weakness of the human flesh. Through this, our faith and the progress of the work is hindered.

Do not be one of Satan's daily reporters! Understand 2 CORINTHIANS 4:7: "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

Be determined not to draw the attention of yourself and others to the earthen vessels, but unto the mighty treasure of the Holy Spirit.

"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh..." (2 CORINTHIANS 5:16 ).

Translated from the German "Der Umgang mit Fehlern"
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