There is quite the calling for all believers in Galatians 6:1–2. It reads, “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.”

This is what being together and in fellowship with other believers should look like. As fellow members of the body of Christ, we help one another. We do not condemn or become judgmental, but we, in a spirit of gentleness, restore them.

To be gentle in restoration, we must let the Spirit of God guide us and direct us. If we are not doing this in the Spirit our natural instinct to discriminate and belittle those who have fallen will come out. Sometimes, even those who are in the Spirit can struggle with this. Although this is true, we must seek to restore and help a brother or sister who has fallen. We must never rejoice in their fall. As that is not healthy or good and it certainly is not being gentle.

This is not to say we do not call a sin a sin. Indeed, we must call a sin a sin if we are to restore them. They, themselves, must call a sin a sin to be restored. We do call them out on their sinful actions if the fall is from sin, but this is done with gentleness and not out of a spirit of revenge.

To do this we must keep a watch on ourselves and strive to bring about restoration out of love. We give forgiveness as Jesus Christ our savior and Lord told Peter and the other disciples, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matt. 18:22). This is a tough thing to do. That is why we must allow the Spirit to guide us and direct us. We on our thinking and instincts will react and assault them rather than restore and forgive.

This is why we need others. Why we need to be in fellowship. Being with other believers who are mature and faithful can help us to grow in this area. They will come alongside us and help carry our burdens as we strive to help carry burdens for others. By doing this we are following the second commandment of loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-39; Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14). It takes being around other people to develop a love for other people. If we are alone, we will not love them as we should.

If we do not have others in our lives we may very well be the one who falls. We may be the brother or sister that sins. Our fellowship is crucial in our Christian walk. We need one another. There are around 45 “one another” verses in Scripture that exhort us to love, care for, encourage, strengthen, and be hospitable to one another among other things (e.g. Rom. 12:10; 1 Thess. 4:18; Gal. 5:26; 1 Pet. 4:9; 1 John 4:7). These are throughout the New Testament in many situations. What one can discover from this is that we are to be together and help one another.

It seems clear that as believers we are supposed to be together and care for one another. And when we are, we will be better equipped to help the brother or sister that falls without being judgmental or joyful in their fall. Therefore, doing life together with other believers is of the utmost importance. We must be together, we must love and care for one another. If we are, we will love one another and fulfill the law of Christ.