6 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
6 Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.
Paul begins this chapter with a warning and a directive. We are to be careful when we get involved with someone else’s struggle. To me that meant I needed to guard against evaluating how everyone else is doing–thinking about which path are they taking?
I am to stay focused. I am to be responsible for me and my walk. And when and if I am careful about my behavior, and my walk with Christ, the more I am able to genuinely help someone with a need.
If I am not being responsible for me, my helping others is for the wrong reasons and that makes me vulnerable to the desires of my fleshly nature.