DAILY DEVOTION, Sept. 18, 2021
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted Galatians 6:1).
As we move into the final chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul shifts his emphasis from doctrine to practical Christian living. What are we to do if we know that a fellow Christian is overtaken by sin? The word “overtaken” implies willful and continuous sin. Yes, Christians sometimes wander off onto the wrong path. Do we go after them harshly and tell them to get their act together? Paul suggests that our aim should be to restore the person, and that calls for gentleness. Most people do not respond to correction if they are approached with a “holier than thou” attitude and a harsh spirit.
We also need to remember that we are capable of succumbing to temptation. We are no better than the one who was overtaken in a trespass. We have all been “overtaken” at times. Therefore, gentleness is called for. The one overtaken is much more likely to respond to gentleness than harshness. If he doesn’t, you have done all that you can do.
Forgiving God, help me to take my Christian responsibility seriously. You have gently called me to repentance and faith in Your Son. May this same spirit of gentleness permeate my soul as I relate to others, especially those who have succumbed to temptation. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.