Read Galatians 6:1-6 Whenever my wife and I get in an argument, there is usually a period of time right after where we go our separate ways and don’t talk for a few minutes. After a while, though, one of us will be the bigger person and go break the ice. This is typically in the form of a stupid joke or showing the other person something funny they found online. I’ve found this type of thing to be true in most areas of my life. I’ll get in an argument with someone, tempers will flare, but, eventually, we get over it. Unfortunately, we don’t always carry this attitude into the bigger arguments in our lives. Even worse, many times when Christians “judge,” they judge the complete wrong way. Most of the time, the way we treat people pushes them away from God, the church, and other believers instead of toward all of those things. The apostle Paul instructs the people who went to church in Galatia to restore those who have been caught in sin gently. Paul had no desire to see those followers who had slipped up to be pushed away from God. He goes on to say that we should do this by first examining our own selves to make sure we are in a position to have something to say. When so much of our judgement comes from comparison, Paul’s insistence that we test our own action and not compare ourselves to others in completely foreign. When we confront other people, we have to do it with the goal of restoration. Unfortunately, though, there is oftentimes an underlying motive of condemnation in our attitudes. When we confront, it is often with an air of superiority, pride, and condemnation toward others. This should never be our heart. When we confront, it should be from a pure heart filled with God’s love. The point isn’t to condemn others. It’s to restore them to where they are supposed to be. Those who confront appear better, and they feel pride, and they condemn others. We can never, ever do that. When we confront, we have to do it with the purity of the love of Jesus Christ, not to condemn others, but to completely bring them to a point of restoration. Reflect Have you ever pushed someone away from yourself or God because they disagreed with you or involved with something you didn’t like? How can you restore that relationship? Pray Pray for restoration for anyone in your life who has been pushed away. Ask God to help you be a peacemaker in your life. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the toughest part of your day?
- Where did you mess up today?
- Where did you see God today?