Today, we will look at some essential Scriptures to help you understand how to help a friend who has fallen into sin. When we see a friend struggling with sin, our first instinct may be to scold, advise, or give them advice based on our ideas. However, the Bible tells us that using God's Word to guide us when we help others is essential.
We first need to talk to our friends privately and point out the sins they need to stop doing. We can do this by showing them parts of the Bible that say these actions are sins, such as Romans 6:1-2 and Colossians 3:1-9. For example, if your friend has been lying, you can show them that Proverbs 12:22 says lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.
The second step is to help our friends understand how to change their behavior and live in a way that pleases the Lord. We can do this by showing them verses like Romans 12:18 and Colossians 1:9-12 that talk about becoming a better person in the eyes of God. For example, if your friend has been gossiping, you can show them Proverbs 16:28, which tells us that whisperers separate close friends.
Sometimes, having an older, wiser believer help us in this process may be helpful. This is where biblical counseling comes in. Proverbs 11:14 and 15:22 tell us that seeking counsel from many advisors is wise. In other words, it's perfectly okay to ask for help from those more experienced in their Christian faith.
Finally, it's important to remember that when we use God's Word to help others, we are not trying to shame or judge them. Instead, our goal should be to help them see their behavior in the eyes of God and motivate them to become better followers of Christ.
In summary, when we want to help a friend who has fallen into sin, we should use God's Word to guide us. We should privately point out their sins and show them the parts of the Bible that say these actions are wrong. We should then help them understand how to change their behavior based on the teachings of the Bible. If needed, we can ask for help from other believers. And most importantly, we should approach this with love and a desire to help our friends grow in their faith.
I hope this was helpful for you. Always remember that the Bible has answers for every situation, and we can trust in God's Word to guide us on the right path.