Make a Way for the One: Week 3 - Day 4
Father God, I pray that as these words soak in, your Spirit would illuminate them in my heart and mind so that I won’t soon forget your direction and purpose for my life.
Read: Galatians 6:1-2 (ESV)
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
If you’ve lived on this earth for very long at all, you’ve seen people do some pretty ugly things to each other. Even in the church, sin can be an ugly blight in a believer’s life. The first inclination of the church and the world is to turn away, to shun, to throw away. Yet Paul says to restore the person in gentleness. It doesn’t say that’s the easy way…but it’s God’s plan. Restoration takes place from a broken and contrite heart of repentance on the part of the transgressor. And for the one walking alongside them through the process, it means loving and helping them through the process of restoring broken things. It’s a fellow believer acting as Jesus would…acknowledging the sin and its consequences, but at the same time, bearing that burden with them as they seek to right a wrong. God designed us to need one another, and loving leadership and accountability is part of his plan to restore and rebuild.
Walking with someone who’s been caught in a transgression can be messy…really messy at times. But it’s God’s plan for us to come alongside our friends who are followers of Christ but who have fallen into a pattern of sin. This is where God’s mercy shows through us to them…loving them despite what they’ve done, and helping them to restore a broken road. You have the ability, with the Spirit’s guidance, to bring them back to a place of wholeness and health, if you’re willing to get your hands dirty. It’s God’s way…it’s what he did for you, too.
Dear Lord, I thank you that while I was a sinner, Christ died for me. I didn’t have to get clean before you came alongside me. You took me as I was and restored my brokenness. Help me to do that for my brothers and sisters in Christ. May I not be afraid to help bear their burden and bring them back to wholeness. Praise you, Father, for restoring broken things.