People like to think that they’re unique individuals — that no one else in the world is just like them. In all honesty, though, we’re all the same. Nobody is perfect. Nobody does everything all right. — not even ministers.
Unfortunately, sometimes people have a hard time remembering this. Church members keep jumping from church to church without realizing that we’re all just people, and when it’s all just people, it can be a bit dysfunctional. If you do something they don’t like, instead of wanting to join in, help, and pray for you, there are people who would rather just say, ‘“I’m leaving. I’m looking for something else.”
In Galatians 6:10, Paul writes, “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.”
Too many people are in the habit of choosing to cut the person out and throw them away, but “we who are spiritual” shouldn’t be that way. No, we’re not going to be able to help everyone. Some people won’t receive from us. They have their ideas, and you won’t be able to do anything about that. But we should have a heart and inclination toward restoring people, not walking away from them or throwing them away.
Restoring people means we work with people, remembering that we’re all going through something. I remember in one church, and a woman was serving in a specific aspect of the ministry. Someone went to Facebook and posted a picture of this woman cleaning a beer bottle off a table — not drinking, just clearing the table. The pastor saw the photo, went to her, took her out of the position, and kicked her to the curb, saying, “We’re done” — and for no reason.
When you’re restoring people, there may be times you have to say enough is enough. Because people do have their ideas, you may have to tell them, “I can’t go any further with you.”
But that should be after a long process — not the first step. We who are spiritual are supposed to restore the weak. If we’re going to do that, we need to remember that we’re all people who are going through battles, obstacles and tough times. To restore people, we need to stick with them, not throw them away.
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