Marie’s daily verse: Psalm 23:1:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
DAILY DEVOTION, April 25, 2023
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 (Galatians 6:1).
This isn’t easy. We talked about this in our Wednesday Bible study a few weeks ago. We must confront a brother or sister (a fellow Christian) if we know they are “caught up” in a sin. This means they keep on sinning with no repentance. I have never had to apply this verse in my years as a pastor. If any of my church members were caught up in some sin, I never knew about it!
But there are two cautions in the verse should we ever need to put it into practice. First, the aim is to restore the person to obedience to Jesus, and it must be done gently. The purpose is not to embrace or boot them out of the church but to restore them. Second, we must always be careful. We are not above being “caught up” ourselves. But the verse is there and is to be followed if the situation arises.
Father, help me guard my heart, so I am not caught up in some sin. May the grace of our Lord Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit keep me faithful. If and when I do slip (and I will), lead me quickly to repentance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.