Teach in love.
Correct in relationship.
Rebuke without judgment.
Convince with gentle words.
Call up into purpose.
Seek to restore.
Demonstrate a better way.
Bear each other’s burdens.
Laugh together. Break bread together.
Point to Jesus.
No, we don’t turn a blind eye if a brother or sister is overtaken with a fault. We seek to restore and correct but that must be done in the context of love.
Jesus crossed an aisle to talk with the woman at the well privately. He didn’t stand on Jewish land and yell at her across a field. She left empowered to walk in her gift.
Jesus was not ashamed to associate with the sinful woman. He allowed her to have access to him. He accepted her before she was acceptable. He forgave before she deserved. She responded by worshipping with all she had.
Jesus stood between the mob and the half-dressed woman caught in adultery. He bent down to get on her level. He protected her from the law. She was empowered to go and sin no more.
Boys and girls, let’s learn to restore like Jesus!
“My beloved friends, if you see a believer who is overtaken with a fault, may the one who overflows with the Spirit seek to restore him. Win him over with gentle words, which will open his heart to you and will keep you from exalting yourself over him. Love empowers us to fulfill the law of the Anointed One as we carry each other’s troubles.”
Galatians 6:1-2 TPT