Monday, November 28, 2011

The Restoration of God through One Another

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

Excerpt from “Walking with God and One Another in Sharing Jesus” – 2011-11-27
Praise God that the Bible tells us that our God is a not a God of criticism but a God of restoration. The bloody cross of Christ is proof of that. We see God’s heart in Jesus Christ, who gave his life so that we might be restored back to Himself. God is a God of holiness and righteousness and justice who condemns sin and who condemns the behaviours and actions and that result from the sin that lives within us. Jesus died and rose from the dead so that we might be restored back to God through Jesus Christ. This is the cry of our fallen hearts, the ache and yearning of our lost souls. In Psalm 51:12 King David cried out, "Restore to me the joy of your salvation!” and in Psalm 23:3 he praises his restoration back to God: "He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake."

And so we must take care not to look at one another with critical hearts. I’m reminded of the story about a wife who came home to find her husband shaking frantically and wildly dancing all around in the kitchen. She saw a wire running from his waist towards the electric frying pan. Thinking that he was being electrocuted, she grabbed her son’s baseball bat from the corner, and intending to get him away from the deadly current - she knocked him to the floor, away from the frying pan, breaking his arm in two places. It was then she realized that her husband had just been listening to his IPod.

We must take care not to swing at people when it seems they are struggling or in trouble or who are not living up to our expectations – but rather we should be seeking to help them. Maybe you remember the television commercial that showed an elderly woman lying on the floor shouting, “Help me, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up?” Brothers and sisters, there are times when we fall in our spiritual lives, and we can’t get back up by ourselves - and we need “one another” to get back up and walk.