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.Galatians 6:1-2 NIV
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8 NIV
Have you ever dislocated a bone or a joint and had it set back into place?
It can be incredibly excruciatingly painful; however, this pain is required for healing.
In the original Greek language “restore” is translated as “katartizdo” which means to set a dislocated bone back into place.
When Paul is saying for us to restore a friend gently, he is articulating that it is almost like setting a dislocated bone back into place. It is painful, but required for healing.
This comes down to our intention and heart. In yesterday’s devotional, we looked at how living by grace transforms our relationships by honouring others and loving them as ourselves.
True restoration requires both grace and truth.
Truth is the pain of locking in the dislocating bone, but grace remains as the healing process.
When truth is spoken from a place of honouring and loving this person and recognising how imperfect we are, we are able to restore, in grace.
As uncomfortable as confrontation is for most people, when it comes from a place of loving the person and wanting the best for them, we are better because of it.
We are better together.
How can you extend grace to someone today that others haven’t?