forgivingly restored

Galatians 6:1

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

I love how this begins…”live creatively.” Imagine – being CREATIVE in how we love on and relate to one another!

It is so easy to point fingers – at friends, peers, strangers, politicians, anyone in the public eye – but not so easy to have authentic relationship with those who might need love, correction, a new road map… but, to be creative with one another…now THAT is inspiring!

Forgivingly restore…I remember having a conversation once with a woman who shared a story about their small group. A young couple had started coming to the church and were living together. Not a single person said a thing to them about it, even though the church was extremely conservative and it was a much older congregation overall. She shared that after several months of just loving one another, enjoying fellowship and studying the Word of God, this young couple came to she and her husband and said, “Wow, we are learning so much about Jesus and really want to honor him with our lives. We read in the bible that we should be married so we want to take that step. Would you help us?”

When we just love people where they are at, love God, and meet people without judgment, they are free to find their own way. And in the process, we free up our own plates from taking on the monumental task of trying to operate in the place of the Holy Spirit.

If there is someone you need to release today, please do so. So many of us make choices based on old habits, familiarity, ease, tradition, culture, brokenness… wouldn’t it be lovely to have someone come alongside and just walk with us for a bit with no expectation other than we be ourselves.

Yeah. I thought so, too.




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