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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