STAND BY OTHERS WHILE THEY MATURE
17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone because I am perplexed about you!
4:19 Paul led many people to Christ and helped them mature spiritually. Perhaps one reason for his success as a spiritual father was the deep concern he felt for his spiritual children; he compared his pain over their faithlessness to the pain of childbirth. We should have the same intense care for those to whom we are spiritual parents. When you lead people to Christ, remember to stand by them to help them grow. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
When you see someone come to Christ and then see them sin, do you back away from them and point a finger and say negative things to them or about them? Paul said this should not be. We are all sinners even those of us who are “mature.” How quick we forget what we went thru possibly even more sin than they did. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and be a true brother or sister to all young Christians while they are maturing