Monday Musing

Galatians 6:1-5 (ESV) 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. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. We hear a lot today about how offended people get when we “Judge others.” What do the the Scriptures teach us? We are told to restore gently those caught in transgression. This means that we must recognize sin when we see it. We must call our brethren (I use brethren to mean men and women) out if we see them sinning. Which means we ARE to judge. Not to condemn, but rather to restore. Because there can be no forgiveness, no restoration if there is no repentance. There can be no repentance if people accept their sin as ok. Now, I believe it is not our job to judge those outside the Church. The Scriptures tell us that they are already judged. We need to share God’s love and offer of forgiveness to them, but until they join God’s family, they stand apart from God. Our job is to help one another in the Church to live full, and holy lives. This does not mean that we are to be sticking our noses into other peoples’ business, but we are responsible to lovingly and respectfully correct one another. If you see me doing something that you do not think is correct. I would appreciate it if you say something to me. Plead your case. None of us is living perfect lives, but that should be our goal!

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