Words from the Heart for Thursday July 23rd, 2020
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.
Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
In the 1995 manual on restoring Canada’s native prairies, based on a four year research project on various means of bringing back Canada’s most endangered prairie type, the preamble says: “Restoration is a powerful word. Taken in the context of rebuilding shattered landscapes, ecological restoration engages the best and noblest talents of the human animal. The idea of restoring a prairie is an activity that is both outrageously arrogant and infinitely humble, and can be undertaken for a variety of reasons, scientific, emotional, spiritual, personal.”
If there is one thing that is common to all of humanity, it is sin. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. The entire narrative of the Bible is that of restoring humanity from all that sin has brought into the world. And those who have been redeemed and restored are called to bring the good news of the transforming power of Jesus Christ to others. Paul writes this in Galatians 6:1: “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.” Until we get to Glory, temptation will be a part of human experience. Too often, those who profess to be a follower of Jesus fall into sin. The call of God is to restore the fallen one and do so gently. Unfortunately, too often Christians have responded to those who sin with rejection and condemnation. The call of God’s word is to restoration. We must protect our own heart, and at the same time love those who need to experience God’s grace and forgiveness.
These have been words from the heart.