Day 90/260: Read Galatians 6
Paul just finished talking about the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh in chapter 5. He reasoned, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). It makes sense, but we all know that man often forsakes the sensible things of God and makes irresponsible choices.
Thus, Paul writes, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
Don’t jump to conclusions, don’t yell and threaten and hastily rebuke. Use good, spiritual judgment, be gentleness, and be cautious in your handling of the situation. Easy? No, but necessary.
He told Timothy, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). There is a time for convincing, and there is a time for rebuking. Don’t skip gentle restoration and go straight for the rebuke! Be patient, ensuring that your teaching is comprehended by the erring.
How would you want someone to correct you? Think about that when you approach your brother. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
Galatians 2:20. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Pray for the erring, and pray for yourself in your attempt to restore them to the fellowship.