If there is one thing that is certain, it is that each and every one of us will be overtaken in a trespass at some point in our journey through life. Whether in word or in action we will sin, trespass or make mistakes. People will even be hurt by our trespasses. The word says that if we are able to bridle the tongue then we are a perfect man. Well, that ain’t gonna happen!

Try as we might, we just can’t be perfect. We fail and we fall. So then what happens? Do we wallow in miserable failure for the rest of our lives? Paul gives us some direction … “you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness …” So, restoration is the end game and it is to be and will be accomplished by a spirit of gentleness. It is acting out the second commandment (love your neighbour as yourself) in a most practical and empowering way.

What does a spirit of gentleness look like? How does it behave? It is patient and kind, it is truthful and yet not harsh. It acknowledges the wrong but empowers the one who trespasses to rise up again and do the right. One who restores another must be someone who acknowledges the possibility and potential of their own failure and therefore moves with humility and gentleness which comes as a fruit of the Spirit.

 

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