Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1
This is the scripture verse for step 12 of Celebrate Recovery: Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs. We have many opportunities to fall into temptation. My daily devotional was about ‘A Friend’s Rejection’. The worst kind of rejection is from a friend. Someone who you have spent time laughing, sharing life’s peculiarities and become vulnerable with. You find yourself dazed by the anger of an unstable man. If this were a foe, I could see it coming, but not a friend. Friendly betrayal is frightening and you don’t know whether to lash back or langish in disillusionment. I, like you, have been on the recieving end of betrayal and I have done both, I have lashed out and I have been dazed with confusion. This can be a result of deceit in your marriage, financial fraud, hidden addiction, to name a few. My devotional ends with avoid the temptation to reject those who have rejected or betrayed you. It’s our natural response, however letting the Holy Spirit guide our response right to forgiveness, regardless of their behavior. We are all candidates of sin. We must keep in mind that when a person is caught in sin he is trapped and it is our spiritual responsibility to gently restore him. I would get myself in disobedience in this area because I was in a relationship where there was a lot of conflict. The Lord would give me 2Timothy 2:24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. I would never obey, instead I would engage the conflict. Notice in the scripture that an individual is caught in a snare by the evil one and that they are not operating in their normal senses. That is what the verse in Galatians is also referencing. When you are being opposed by someone, our response should be gentle and helping them escape the snare. When we engage the sin, they lose the opportunity to escape and we are now trapped too. I am not perfect, but I am endeavoring to respond gently and see them trapped and my response should be to help and to forgive.