Galations 6:1-5 (NIV)
"Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load."
Message from 5/31/2015
Galatians 6:1-5 (Bearing Others Burdens) ; John 21:15-25 (The Restoration of Peter)
It is one of the great responsibilities of the church to restore those who have been caught (tripped up by) sin. It is the character of our God to restore. His plan has always been to recreate a right relationship between Himself and fallen mankind. We understand that His plan is through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
The restoration of a brother/sister within the church is to be done by those who have spiritual motives and is to be done gently. It is to be done in a manner in which you would like to be restored with love and care. It must be done in a way that restoration work is done on a valuable or precious item - with great patience and with attention to detail.
Although this restoration action is not often needed within the church, when it is needed it must be done correctly, otherwise the outcome of these actions could be equal to or greater than the original sin.
Most of us have within the extended family someone who needs a restorative act toward them. This is a good opportunity to show the gentleness of Jesus in a way that rebuilds the relationship as well as the person. Three things to remember and take action on:
If the offense is against you; extend forgiveness. Remind the offender that the relationship is ultimately more important than whatever the offense was.
Double check your motivation for re-engaging the person. Make sure it is their well-being that is paramount.
Gentleness takes time and patience. Doing this can be messy, but remember that God took our messy situation and restored the relationship.
See you on Sunday, if not before. May the bless and keep you and your family,