Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
How many times have you read this verse and thought perhaps more of church discipline or some other scenario?
Have you ever thought about this verse regarding your children?
Think of a time when your child was not listening to you--perhaps you were patient at the beginning when you corrected them. Then they did it again and again and again and AGAIN....
Now you are not so patient any more. In fact, you might be exasperated.
WHY is this child NOT listening???
So Momma gets impatient, and angry or mad. Her blood pressure begins to boil and she begins to raise her voice....and you and I both know what can happen from here.
But what if we restored him/her gently---how different that would be from the world. What a testimony of God's outpouring grace and love!
Restoring gently...just meditate on that for a minute. How would you want to be reproofed?
What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?
1 Corinthian 4:21
Is your life characterized by a gentle spirit? Is it characterized by peace? This is how I want to be remembered by my children.
Yes, I will fail, and you will fail, but we will make this our goal. We will do our best to leave a godly legacy to our children even if we fall 1,000 times---a 1,000 times we will get up and try, TRY again.
Are you with me?