One Another Devotion - Day 34
Galatians 6:1-2 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. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Brian’s face clearly revealed his discomfort. His moral failure was having dire consequences on his family. He wasn’t enjoying this conversation any more than I was. Couldn’t we just talk about something more pleasant, like the NFL playoffs or the latest movies?
The Bible is very clear. We need to address and walk along side of our Christian brothers and sisters when they sin. Sin will happen. For us and those around us. However, what is emphasized in Galatians 6:1-2 is not just that we confront the sin, but how we confront the sin.
In Galatians 5, Paul had addressed the conflict that was happening in the churches of Galatia. These new Christians were so concerned with policing right and wrong that they were destroying each other. Galatians 5:15 says that they were ”biting and devouring each other.” Their harsh attitude towards one another was causing division within the church.
As much as I wanted to scream at Brian and slap him in the face, I stayed calm. Much of my role was in asking questions. Brian was able to identify the root of the problem on his own and even to formulate a plan to fix the issues. I just kept asking questions. I didn’t lecture or chastise him. I also didn’t condone anything he had done or discuss it in a light manner. Even more importantly, I made sure that he knew that I cared about him and was ready to walk beside him.
Galatians 6 is a firm reminder that that we must address sin in a manner that will preserve our relationship with the one who has sinned as well as help to preserve their relationship with God.
1. Recall a time that you were confronted for doing something wrong. Did the person confront you with anger or grace? How did you feel?
2. Who is someone that you need to confront about an issue? What are steps you can take to ensure this is done in a loving manner?