In a previous devotional we discussed giving correction in love. Today we will discuss the second step God calls us to in holding our fellow man accountable — restoration. This brings us to our key text coming out of Galatians 6:1 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
1 Bretheren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
In this passage, Apostle Paul is sharing with the Galatians that they should help each other along the journey on the straight and narrow. When we find one of our fellow believers in a fault, we should not simply tell them, “You know you’re wrong for that,” and walk away filled with criticism. We should seek to restore that person — speak spiritual encouragement to that person. To restore is to bring back to a former state, and in this case that former state is walking in righteousness. In a meek — not condescending — way, minister unto him or her what thus saith the Lord, and do not give up on your brother or sister in Christ. This also includes praying for that individual. Lift him or her up to the Lord praying for the breaking of whatever sinful habit wreaking havoc.
Apostle Paul also gives an important side note. Don’t let yourself become tempted while you are trying to help someone else. For example, if you once had a drinking problem, don’t follow your “friend in fault” to the bar to make sure they do not drink, and you yourself end up taking a few shots to “take the edge off.” If necessary, minister over the phone. Send an email. After all, God hears your prayers no matter where you are. You don’t have to sitting on a bar stool next to your friend for your prayer to be effective.
This Christian walk is no easy thing. Stay encouraged. Keep each other lifted up in prayer. May we not only correct each other when in fault but restore each other to that righteous walk.
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