Scripture for Today: Galatians 6:1-2 “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.”
I love walking the Back Bay of Newport Beach. The smell of sage, the view of the water and the reappearing rabbits make it a very pleasant experience. Recently, I was walking quickly and looking down at just the right moment to see a jagged piece of glass in my path. I avoided it and moved on. But then after a moment’s reflection, I turned around to carefully pick it up and move it gingerly to the side of the path. The next person walking may not be so lucky in avoiding that glass. I would want the same consideration from someone else.
Our verse for today is speaking only to those who are living and walking by the Spirit. That description refers to the one exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, the first aspect of which is love. Restoring a fellow believer who is broken with sin is an act of love and caring. It is done with kindness, tenderness and a gentle spirit. Like broken glass, they are a danger to themselves and to others. Without meaning to they hurt themselves, they hurt others who are looking to them and they can even hurt the one who wants to help. When we restore someone to a close relationship with the Lord, we listen, we cry, we share, and we encourage confession. How amazing it is to see God’s forgiveness make one whole again!
We are all fragile and easily broken by sin. Thank you Lord, for brothers and sisters who care!