Gentle Restoration

 

November 20

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Read Galatians 6:1-2

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in 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.

 

Reflect

What does the way we treat a brother or sister who has sinned reveal about our hearts?

 

Unfortunately, we have seen this scenario play out numerous times in our culture. A Christian gets caught in sin and gets blasted by their fellow believers. They get shunned from the fellowship of people who were once their friends, they are fodder for gossip, and they get called out publicly and humiliated. Social media takes this to the next level.

 

Paul does not condone this type of response. Instead, he says that those of us who live by the Spirit, which should be all believers, should gently restore those who have sinned. Why? Because those of us who live by the Spirit should all be able to say, “I have been there and but for the grace of God, I would be there again.”

 

Sin is serious business, and we are not being asked to ignore it. But when we are cruel to our brothers and sisters in Christ because they have been tripped up by sin we are acting like legalists. We are also guilty of pride and hypocrisy. Legalists confront sin with a spirit of self-righteousness. After all, they would never commit such transgressions! But Jesus condemned this attitude of the legalists (the Pharisees) multiple times.

 

Rather, we should walk in the Spirit and approach the sins of our fellow believers with the spirit of restoration. The fact that we have received the love and grace of God ourselves should always be at the forefront of our minds. Humility should remind us that we have our own areas of weakness and that we, too, are capable of sin. In fact, Paul also advises that we be careful. Sin can be contagious. We need to be on guard so that we do not get caught up in sin ourselves.

 

Jude echoes this approach to dealing with the sins of others. In Jude 1:22 he says, “Be merciful to those who doubt, save others by snatching them from the fire, to others show mercy, mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

 

Friends, sin is not to be taken lightly, but it is meant to be dealt with gently. The way that we respond to the sins of our brothers and sisters reveals whether our hearts are being led by the law or the Spirit.

 

Pray

God, I know that I am capable of stumbling into sin myself. Keep me from sin and help me deal with the sins of others gently with the aim of restoration. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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May God continue to bless you as you bless us. He has gifted you with breaking the word in a simple and comprehensive way. Thank you Jesus
Lord Jesus, strengthen me so that I may help someone bear his/her burden without condemnation.
Thanks for the message.
DEAR ABBA FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT I NEED HELP WITH THAT*THANKYOUJESUS*
Amen
Pastor Nat I love the message Ed is very helpful Lord I pray that I am a health to someone in need
Amen
Lord, help me to speak the truth in love to my friend
Amen
Lord please strengthen my resolve not to keep on sinning, Amen!
Spot on
We live in a fallen world. We must show mercy, grace and compassion to all. Humility should remind us that we have our own areas of weakness and that we, too are capable of sin. We must snatch them out of the fire, remembering that sin is contagious. We must pray fervently for all.
Father, help me to deal with my fellow brothers and sisters and their sins gently. I want to be able to carry their burdens and be a true friend. I want to continue to walk in the Spirit and do what You would have me to do. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
To be a friend to restore, to get them back on the path of righteousness and watch for them that they will not drag you down with them.
Thank you Pastor Nat. I was encouraged, Today I reached out to friend who caught his son trying to overdose himself. Only God's word can do what it says. I am thankful to God. Amen
Thank You Pastor Crawford as I Praise God for your fellowship to each of us. This is a powerful message from God's Truth, in reminding us, let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. Heavenly Father I pray you will always guide us lead us teach to live for You! In doing so to remember we are to Love one another, to pay it forward without judgment. But instead with Love, gentleness hope others will help us to see our sin as we help them to see theirs. In knowing we can help to carry another's burdens with them. In doing all in only your most Mighty Gracious Blessed Holly name. In Jesus name I surrender and pray Amen.
What a timely word and oh so powerful to remind ourselves to gently restore Others brokenness because we remember that our LORD gently restores us!
Amen. In fact, the scripture tells us that we all have sinned and and have fallen short of the Lord's Glory. We have no right to judge our brother and sister in the Lord.
Amen
That is tragic. Thankfully, God is gracious and merciful. He uses the brokenness of our lives to grow us and mold us and to help others. Praying for continued healing!
Me too! Thankfully, Christ is at work in all of us that are His children!
Me too!
I just want to say that this hits home in all the areas of my life I pray continually and ask God to deliver me from the sins that ensnare me but I'm not going to stop because i know God is will all I need is strength to continue to honor God always
Thank You for this
Beautiful reminder that restoration is the goal. We are never more like Christ than when we bend down to help someone up.
thank you. I needed this reminder.
I needed this reminder myself. I work with a client that is Christian but he dies not act like it. It bothers me that he lies a great deal, is judge mental, rude , and mean to others. I get very upset most of the time. I try to disarm these behaviors but sometimes it is difficult. Then I need to pray.
This is a reminder of how to treat your brothers and sisters to bring them to God "Amen"
A daily reminder for us to live by. I needed to hear this today. Thank you Lord for the ultimate gift of eternal life. It’s our responsibility to share this gift with the lost. Praise be to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost!🙏🏻
Thank you for that reminder. It is so easy to forget our forgiveness through the blood of Christ our Redeemer.
Thank you Father, right on time!
Dear lord help me to be quick to think and slow to speak. I need this every day.
Thank you for such timely scripture. Amen.
Thankyou so very much for these words of wisdom and right attitudes , straight from the heart of God. hE has said: “ if you love me, keep my commandments.” And so he has asked us to forgive and restore. Am I being obedient to HIS request/ commands. All of them? Lord , please forgive me for a sometimes “ holier than thou “ attitude. Amen.
Thank you God for another day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotion and I thank God for giving us another weekend
Blessed are the poor in spirit for the shall see God. A humbleness toward others Jesus can use to bring healing and forgiveness. When pride takes over your life you are sinning and God is not glorified. Lord Jesus help me to trust you and lean on your goodness so I may be used to comfort others in their troubles with sin. Amen
This and a lot of other things is what turned me off from Church. I am but a sinner saved by Grace. But people who think they are holier than tho are the reason the churches are not growing. The gossip that goes on behind peoples' backs... That is why I go to my own little corner and listen to church services on my tv or my computer. My ex was a Preacher and left me for a woman he hadn't seen in 47 yrs. We were married 36 yrs. So...
Thank you for this. Need to reminded of this
Beautiful Words of Wisdom
Excellent message! Love conquers all. The love of Jesus ❤️
Thank you for this it reminds me of TheGrace that saved me
FATHER always put in my mind soirit and soul that the job of judging someone is yours and thank the 3 heavens it is you because when it time to judge me you show me so much mercy and grace but us as brother and sister always seem to want to send our brother or sister in sin at thst momment we want to stone them send then straight to the abliss of the fire lake without mercy but we always want mercy forgive our ignorance
This is timely especially in the current environment of our nation.
So blessed
Love it
Thanks Pastor Nat for this very important reminder/encouragement today. Yes, if I am not intentional, it's so easy to be judgemental in my behavior forgetting God's grace and mercy extended to me. Lord, thank You for not treating me the way I deserve when I sin, but in love, mercy and grace You forgive me and restore me. Help me to treat others who have sinned in the same way in love for their restoration.
Thank you for the timely reminder. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Thank you Lord for your LIVING WORD
Amen
I want a lesson today that I have never known before thank you
Amen
Good message this morning
Sin is not partial neither is God's Grace... Like the devotional states, how we deal with others sin gives a revelation of our heart condition..... In todays church a small percentage practices gently restoration, instead they practice aggressive condemnation