Luke 6.37 and 41,
‘Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven . . . And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?’
This caution highlights the disaster of a superior spirit, or a critical spirit.
Luke 6.45 reads:
‘A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man . . . that which is evil.’
This verse refers to gracious deeds and uplifting, edifying conversations, but when applied to the ministry of admonition, the ‘good man’ naturally urges and comforts from the treasure of his experience of God’s grace toward him.
Romans 15.14 presents the duty and the rules of true counselling, Paul writing: ‘I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.’
‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.’
Hebrews 3. 12-13
‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. but exhort one another daily, while it is called to day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.’
Here is the duty of believers to help each other check any decline. We are to intervene and assist wherever necessary and wherever possible.
If you need help, seek it.