Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 30 Scripture Selection: Galatians 6
Food for Thought: Gal. 6:1-3
Well, let’s face it. Sometimes people miss it. Sometimes people get careless of their spiritual well-being, drop their guards, and find themselves far from where they should be. Thank God for His mercy and His Word that guides us and instructs us in such situations.
Galatians 6:1-3 puts it plainly: “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. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” No pointing of the finger, no condemnation, no rejection, only restoration. The more spiritual ones should do that in humility because we’ve all had our moments of weakness, only some of ours may not be as noticeable as others. Besides, if we do not restore that brother or sister in Christ, then he or she may be left apart from the Body of Christ, our only Source of life. That would defeat the purpose of Jesus dying for that person. His will is always to find a way to bring that person into fellowship with Him, and He needs the stronger ones to do that for Him.
James 5:19, 20 has more to say on the subject: “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
Our tendency is to get angry at the person who has fallen. We may even feel betrayed. Then we turn our backs on the person who desperately needs our help to get back on track. But God has a better way. It’s the very thing He did with us. He ran toward us instead of away from us. He loved us. And that’s exactly what we are to do when we find someone who has wavered or made a mistake.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):