Galatians 6; Ezekiel 2-3; Psalm 149
At times, it seems like people get into bragging rights over who is the most spiritual. There really is a good Biblical test of how spiritual you are. “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.” (Galatians 6:1) So often, people who claim to be spiritual are willing to catch others in their sin and use that against them, or gossip about that. The truly spiritual person finds a person finds a way to help a person caught in sin find forgiveness and seeks to help them restore their relationship with God. Fake spirituality ends up in a game of one-upmanship while true spirituality seeks the good of others. At the same time, a truly spiritual person recognizes that they also could fall to temptation. How often have we seen that when a person, especially someone who claims to be on good terms with God, attacks a person who has stumbled, they often fall victim to the same temptation? The old cliché is that the church is not a haven for saints, but a hospital for sinners. When we do it right, that cliché becomes truth. Unfortunately we often push those who have fallen to temptation away and end up causing people to leave the church and destroying the chance to share the love of God with others they come into contact with. Today, seek restoration. That’s what God seeks for us. Show the love and forgiveness of Jesus who was willing to die for us.
Oh Lord, how easy it is to gossip and attack those who have fallen. It’s even easier for me to fall to that same temptation. Help me to show Your love and grace to those who have stumbled. As I obey you in that, keep me from falling to those same temptations.