Yesterday we spoke about relating to the unsaved in order to build a rapport to bring them to Christ. This passage today speaks of relating to the wandering believer to bring him or her back to a joyful fellowship with Christ. Please note several things:
First, the believer can wander from the truth. Though they are truly saved the wandering believer can still be influenced by error often through the exposure to the world around them. The counsel of the world is to "live for yourself," "get out of life all you can grab," and so on. We all need to watch out for this and here is where we share our understanding with a fallen believer. We know that Paul warned all of us in 1 Corinthians 10:12 that we could "fall."
Second, the fallen believer can be brought back! Note, they are referred to as "the sinner." Though saved, they still can sin, and so can we! But the joyful message here is that a fallen believer can stand up again! Over and over we see this in Scriptural examples, such as David and Peter. They fell, but they were restored.
Finally, let the believer(s) who works hard to help restore another rejoice for the effect this can have - sins forgiven and a life that won't be "cut short!" Also, a fallen believer can get back into ministry again, just as David and Peter did! More about this in a future study!)