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Restore that person gently

January 24, 2017

Galatians 6--1-2

The Verse of the Day for January 24, 2017 directs our attention to Galatians 6:1, to which we also add verse 2 to complete the thought:

Galatians 6:1-2 (NIV):

[Doing Good to All] Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

These verses express that when we see a brother or sister fall under a heavy burden of sin, we can spiritually come along side of that person and offer assistance in bearing that burden. We are to “restore that person gently.” This reference brings to mind a Quote of the Day blog entry posted last year:

“God is in the restoration business. He delights in transforming lives through the healing touch of the Lord Jesus Christ, who redeemers and restores and makes whole every wounded soul who calls out for help.”

Not only is God concerned about restoration, but we should also make restoration our business. As we endeavor to restore our brothers and sisters, we recognize that restoration is a process that should be engaged with a “spirit of gentleness, not with a sense of superiority or self-righteousness,” so states the Amplified Bible.

The verb “restore” in the Greek New Testament refers to a dislocated limb. In light of that, restoring the limb to its proper position must be done gently. We must keep this in mind as we endeavor to “restore” one another. During this time of restoration and recovery, we make our brothers and sisters aware of God’s desire that they be restored, as expressed in these lyrics:

Rest in me and recover.

Your strength and courage I will renew.

As you trust me you will uncover

The power of Christ at work within you.

I am all that you need.

 

Rest in me and you will discover

I am the Lord, and I do not faint.

Be assured I never get weary.

Rest in me and be comforted to know

I am all that you need.

 

Rest in me and mount up as eagles.

You shall walk and shall not faint.

You shall run and not be weary.

Rest in me and know that I shall not fail.

I am all that you need.

 

I am all that you need in the time of famine.

I am the one that shall feed and satisfy your soul.

I am all that you need in the time of trouble.

I will hasten to be by your side. Now, don’t you see?

I am all that you need.

The Verse of the Day and its reference to the previous Quote of the Day also bring to mind this powerful song restoration by Kevin Levar, “I Will Restore” the perfect way to cap off today’s entry:

 

Bear and share the burdens

January 24, 2016

Galatians 6--1-2
The caption [Bear and Share the Burdens] introduces the Verse of the Day for January 24, 2016 which directs our attention to Galatians 6:1, to which we add verse 2 to complete the thought:

Galatians 6:1-2 (NKJV):

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. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Carry-burdens

These verses express the idea that there is a burden that we, as believers, can share. If we see a brother or sister fall under a heavy burden, we can come along side of that person and offer assistance in bearing that burden. There is, however, a burden that every believer must bear alone. This truth is revealed in Galatians 6:5 which indicates: “For every man shall bear his own burden.”

In thinking on these two verses, my mind recalls a backpacking experience that occurred at TFI (Total Fitness Institute) in California back in December, 1975. During this outdoor wilderness adventure I was assigned to a platoon of believers, and we portioned out our food supply for the week among the group. I volunteered to carry the food for the last day, which meant that my load stayed the same while the load that everyone else carried got lighter.

On this particular day, we were told that we would hike for a mile and then take a break and rest for a while. After a considerable amount of time, I was certain that we had hiked more than a mile, but we continued. When I realized that I was carrying the food for the last day and that everyone else’s load was lighter than mine, I became agitated and began to complain in my mind that “This is just not fair. . .” During this time of frustration and agitation as I struggled under my heavy load, I thought of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is lyrically described as “a burden bearer and heavy load sharer.” As I took my mind off myself and turned my thoughts toward the Lord and all that he gladly bore on my behalf, the distress and exasperation seemed to fade, and we arrive at our destination in a short time. That experience was the inspiration for this poem:

The Burden Bearer

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,
When I lay my burden down.

I stumbled up the rugged road;
I almost fell beneath the load
And spurned the pain inside my head,
Recalling words of one who said
“Come unto me, and I will give you rest.”

The yoke I bear cannot compare
With all he took upon Himself:
All sins, disease, and guilt, despair
That I could not forebear myself.
His burden was not made of wood,
His cross beyond all words can name.
Have I resisted unto blood?
Could I for joy endure such shame?

From a glimpse into his face
I’m strengthened by a second wind;
My mind’s renewed to keep the pace
The load is lightened by my friend.

I feel better, so much better
since I laid my burden down.

The epigraph or short intro to the poem as well as the closing stanza are lyrics from an old gospel song that I recall my childhood days, recorded here by the Staple Singers. The album cover features the 15th Century painting entitled “The Adoration of the Lamb” by Hubert and Jan van Eyck.

The Verse of the Day and my experience occurring 40 years ago remind me of this: “I am so glad that Jesus Christ is our Burden Bearer.”