“Restoration Over Reply All”
 
Today’s blog is based on Galatians 6:1-10. In this passage, Paul is giving us some final instructions on living a life that is pleasing to God. Paul mentions helping others with their sins, their burdens, and their eternity.
 

I am involved in a group that has about one hundred names on their email list. Recently one of the participants in the group posted something that they were concerned about. People started hitting “reply all” and either condemning or supporting the post. Eventually the person who posted first resigned from the group, and there was a lot of turmoil.

I don’t think anyone in the group is accusing the one who posted the concern with sinning, but some thought the post was not appropriate. However, I think if everyone had followed biblical instructions, the result would have been different.

Paul handles the difficult problem of helping someone who is “caught in a sin.”  I’m sure most of us would rather just ignore the problem and go on with our lives, but Paul urges us to confront without being controversial. Instead of condemning, we should be restoring. Jesus tells us in Mt. 18:15-17 that we should first go and speak to the person one on one. If that does not result in reconciliation, we are to take one or two others with us. If that also fails, we need to hit “reply all” and consult the church, and only if that fails, should we avoid the one who is sinful having done our best to help them be restored. 

We live in an age where people are quick to condemn and slow to forgive. While hiding behind our keyboards we can blast others in front of thousands of others who are trying to elevate their status while putting others down. God’s way requires humility, grace, and love. 

Paul also mentions that when helping others we need to guard ourselves. I have seen godly people fall into the same sins that they were trying to help others overcome.

In verse two Paul mentions the “law of Christ.” Much of Galatians shows that we are free from the law of Moses, but Paul shows that there is no room for complacency in the Christian life. We are to bear the burdens of others while doing all we can to humbly carry our own load. We need to make certain that our goal is to please God rather than satisfying our sinful natures.

When our first child was born, our joy was indescribable, but honestly. We did not know just how much was involved in taking care of an infant. When Heidi was about six months old, we were at a conference in Germany. Another missionary, Mary, started helping us. It seemed ironic to me that the one who was helping us the most had four small children of her own. I mentioned that to Mary, and she replied, “When I am helping others, my own needs do not seem so great.”

We can’t give up, we need to continually look for opportunities to do good, but we continue to look forward to a heavenly harvest.
 
Dennis Messimer – International Ministry