Gentle Restoration

So, I opened my Bible randomly the other day and this was the first verse I saw. 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.” (NIV) Gently. Not with fear or control. Gently. Not with yelling or hitting. Gently. Restore. NLT uses the phrase “gently and humbly.”

Oh, here is what the Amplified version says: “Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.” Without any sense of superiority and with ALL gentleness. Wow! I love that. Not easy sometimes — especially if I am super frustrated. So, we should not neglect to set our children right but we do it in ALL gentleness. With the words of life – HIS life.

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About thecrunchymamachronicles

I'm a woman obsessed with the amazing, everlasting, lavish, never-failing LOVE of the Heavenly Father through Jesus. It's my favorite thing to meditate on and to write about. His expression of love has radically transformed me from a joyless, miserable person to the me who is full of joy and love for others because of my radical identity as the beloved of God. I am devoted to my husband and to gently parenting our three boys with Jesus as my model of the ultimate gentle parent.
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