RESTORED from sin
It’s a word that means a lot of different things to different people and it’s often based on our perceptions or experiences. I’ve been to a fair few over the years and I’d probably say everyplace is different. They all have their different worship styles or quirky ways to present their notices or how they involve children in their services, but at the same time they do share some things in common.
However the one thing that stuck out most to me was when people aimed to live out the gospel and put their focus on Christ, instead of themselves. It was those places that seemed like the more godly and honest communities.
In Galatians 6:1, that’s what Paul is calling the church to do:
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
church should be the FIRST destination for help and support
When the inevitable happens and a Christian sins, church should be their FIRST destination for help and support. All too often sin makes us go off the rails and try to avoid church at all costs.
Can you think of kind, loving people in your churches who aim to gently restore and care for those who stumble in sin? Whilst only the Lord can provide true restoration, we can help and encourage those we know who are struggling with sin.
Pray that God will use you, when possible, to help restore fellow believers, whilst at the same time being careful not to fall into that same temptation.