Devotion

Restore, Don’t Destroy

by Greg Laurie on Aug 30, 2016
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.

Not every person who quotes the Bible is necessarily a believer. Those who quote the Scriptures to condemn others often are the guiltiest of all. Those who are quick to find fault with others often have greater fault in their own lives. The people who are so quick to come down on someone else often are guilty of far worse.

This is exactly what Jesus was talking about when He said in the Sermon on the Mount, "And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" (Matthew 7:3).

It’s a humorous illustration, but it makes a point. Jesus was saying, "You are so quick to focus on the minutiae in another person’s life, yet you are guilty of overt sin."

If we know of someone who is falling into sin, our objective should be to confront and restore them, not condemn and destroy them. Galatians 6:1 says, "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." Our objective is to restore, not destroy.

I find it interesting that this verse goes on to say, "Considering yourself lest you also be tempted." One day it could be you. One day you could be the person who stumbles and falls. One day you could be the person who makes that mistake, who commits that sin. And hopefully someone will come along in graciousness and boldness and help you get back on your feet again.

As the old hymn says, "Prone to wander—Lord, I feel it—prone to leave the God I love." We have to constantly keep our guard up because we all have the potential to fall.

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