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.
Restoration is really not as optional as the church today seems to make it. Unfortunately too often when someone is ready to go through the process of being restored they are told by the Church, pastor and the elders that they are no longer welcome in that church and they will never serve God again. I have seen Mega churches in this country that have turned away staff because they repented of sin and were seeking counseling and restoration but it was too much of an “embarrassment” to keep that person in their church. Really? Wow, I have never found a verse in the Bible that would support that idea. Jesus response to the men who brought the woman who was caught in adultery, “let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” and then He told her to, “go and sin no more!”
We have a problem in epidemic proportion because now if someone is ready to be restored and get the help they need to overcome the sin in their life they won’t do it for fear of being an outcast and condemned by the church and it’s leaders. Wow, what a tool for Satan to use all in the name of godliness! Men and women of God, if you think for one minute that you won’t stand before God as a leader of the church and answer for not being a part of restoring people to God you are greatly mistaken! Your position here on earth in that church will not mean a thing to God. A leader is no greater than his willingness to restore people to God. How many men and women out there do you think there are that could be greatly used by God if someone would care enough to help them get their walk back with God!
The really sad thing is that there are people out there who could be greatly used by God if they could get past feeling as though they cannot repent because the price they would pay is too high. They continue to struggle and live in sin because they can’t get the help they need! It isn’t that they want to be there, they just don’t know where to turn.
Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous, no not one.” We are all saved by God’s grace and we are to give that same grace to each other. Get off your high horse and thank God if you don’t have an area you are struggling in. That shouldn’t make you pious, it should make you grateful!
We all need to start focusing more on walking together, helping everyone around us to be all they can be for God! We need to hold each other accountable and we need to show God’s grace by helping, not condemning when someone is trying to get their life straightened out. The only time we should feel as though we need to walk away is when someone truly refuses to be repentant and they refuse the help they need ~ we cannot make someone repent. Repentance is a heart issue, only God can change a heart. Let’s begin today by starting to pray for those around us to be all they can be for God and if you are a leader in a church I would encourage you to pray about your part in restoring those who are seeking help around you!
“People will not bear it when advice is violently given, even if it is well founded. Hearts are flowers; they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain.” John Paul Richter