E. Gentle Restoration in Humility –

 Galatians 6:1,3-4…1  Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

Brethren, Paul is speaking to Disciples A then and now. We who are “spiritual”, that have a personal relationship with Jesus, restore a Brother or Sister who is discovered to be in sin or trespass. But the restoration of a church member is to be done in a gentle way. Matthew tells us the process to follow: 15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  B

Note the escalation from one intervener, to 2 or 3 and then before the church. We need to careful that this is a process for church members, Disciples only, not for the lost person who does not know Jesus. Of course, you may find the church member is lost and needs to know Jesus.

 each one looking to yourself “ We also must be careful in humility to judge ourselves first before we approach someone else about their sin. D

Notes : A- Why I use “Disciple” instead of “Christian”   B- Matthew 18:15-17; C- 1 Corinthians 11:31-32; D- Galatians 6:3-4

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.


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