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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

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

Pray for the erring, and pray for yourself in your attempt to restore them to the fellowship.

Missed Opportunities

          A twenty-first century poet wrote, “Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?”
          Regret is not a fun feeling. Many regret past actions, and sinful behaviors should cause a type of regret that leads to repentance and reconciliation with God. With God’s grace and mercy covering our sins, we can move beyond regret to serve Him faithfully, learning from our mistakes and helping others to avoid the same.
          There is another type of regret, however, that is more difficult to move beyond: the regret of not doing something. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” We can allow our missed opportunities to paralyze us, weighing us down with regret, or we can use them as motivation to act the next time God gives us an opportunity.
          The greatest thing you can do for anyone is to teach them about Christ and the salvation He offers. Have you ever missed an opportunity to tell someone about the power of His blood? I have, and I regret it. But I cannot allow that regret to prevent me from grabbing the next chance I have to lead someone to the truth.
          The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). The famous Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei advised, “Stop worrying about missed opportunities and start looking for new ones.” Where will you start looking? Who will you share the gospel with this week?