"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:1-2).
Today's Morsel: When I took carpentry in high school, our teacher developed a project by taking all the old school desks and having us refurbish them for the younger elementary classes. If you've ever did anything like that, you know that it's a lot of hard work. Putting on rubber gloves, pouring and mixing chemicals to break down the old paint and varnish, scraping off old coats of paint, sanding down the desks afterwards, and then repainting and re-varnishing them takes awhile to have a good completed project. Paul said, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:1-2). Restoration isn't an easy task. It takes time and hard work to restore a relationship. Pastor David Jeremiah said, "Approaching, talking, confessing, forgiving, it's not easy. In order to restore a relationship to its rightful state, resentment, hurt, and distrust have to be removed." If you want to be restored to your rightful state, you have to remove somethings from your life. Paul said that God has given to us the ministry and word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). God reconciled us to himself by Christ Jesus, and now we have the Gospel to reconcile others to Him and back to their rightful state. Restoration always begin with wanting to see a change.
Sing: Something beauty, something good, all my confusion, Jesus understood; all I had to offer Him, was brokenness and strife; but He made something, beautiful out of my life.