“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest you also be tempted.”
This verse is the essence of what being a follower of Jesus Christ is all about, but the hardest to execute among each other. I know, I myself, find it hard to exact the same kind of forgiveness that I expect to get for my shortcomings and give it to someone else.
Paul goes on to say to bear one another’s burdens so that the law of Christ can be fulfilled. Christ’s law is to love each other with as much compassion as possible. Whatever God is calling you to do, whatever your ministry is today, is it done with gentle love, great patience, and compassion?
We are not to abandon not one brother or sister, but we are to restore them back into our father’s kingdom, just as Jesus did with his precious blood. Restoration is the key to Christ’s Blessed Church.
Heavenly Father, thank you for saving me from myself. It is by the blood of Jesus Christ that I am forgiven. Help me to always remember that your ways are not retributive, but restorative in every aspect of your holiness. May I find the strength to have compassion on those who have offended me in any way and restore them back to the Christlike fellowship that has been intended to exist since the beginning of mankind. Amen.