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.
Are you restoring in meekness?
Have you ever been engaged in activity you knew was not glorifying to God or edifying to the Body of Christ and a brother/sister in the Lord saw you? Which of these three ways describe how the interaction played out?
One, if they were truly spiritual, they came and talked to you about it, and you felt the love of God as they spoke. You did not feel judged or dirty. You repented to the Lord, and He restored you.
Romans 15:1-2 Now, those who are mature in their faith can easily be recognized, for they don’t live to please themselves but have learned to patiently embrace others in their immaturity. 2 Our goal must be to empower others to do what is right and good for them, and to bring them into spiritual maturity. (The Passion Translation)
Two, they were judgmental and critical. You felt even if you stopped immediately and never returned to that behavior; that person and many others would always see you the same way. In essence, the person made you feel you would never be clean.
Romans 7:18-19, 24 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness—my sinful capacity]. For the willingness [to do good] is present in me, but the doing of good is not. 19 For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 24 Wretched and miserable man that I am! Who will [rescue me and] set me free from this body of death [this corrupt, mortal existence]? (Amplified Bible)
Three, they said nothing to you at all. But you know they saw you.
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (New King James Version)
It does not matter now, how it played out then. Should you find yourself in any of these three scenarios, again; follow the scripture. If you happen to find yourself on the other side, remember how you felt. Every believer has a target on his/her back. Though you may feel you are above temptation, don’t allow the devil to fool you. Today it is them, but tomorrow it could be you.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I’ve been on both sides of the witness stand. Saints and sinners alike have evaluated me, found me wanting, and left me feeling as if there was no hope. I’ve also been in a place where I found someone who had erred. I want to say I always handled it right, but I cannot. I thank You for giving me the opportunity to show Your love and mercy. I repent for those I left in a worse state. You have changed and continue to change me. Today I speak love and I speak light into the lives of those You allow to cross my path. I am so grateful You find me worthy to be Your ambassador. Keep me close to You so I will share the good news about You who loves no matter what. I don’t want to leave a person judged and loss because of where they are located. You are God and You can and will bring them to a new place with a new consciousness. A place where there is no condemnation, only conviction that saves. You did it for me; I pray you can use me as a bridge to do it for others…
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