Re:Verse passage – Galatians 6:1-10 (day three)
“If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness…”
It’s easier to police behavior than to join the work of restoration. It doesn’t require curiosity, patience, or empathy, just good old-fashioned rule-making and forced conformity. But Paul presents a vision of the church as the one open door on earth inviting people into a vision of what they can be — in fact, what they’ve always wanted to be – but have given up on being because they got lost. When, on mission with Jesus, the church finds a person, that person needs all the Jesus-infused longsuffering the church can muster. It’s hard to be restorative toward someone when all the energy goes into being shocked at behavior. The church never loses sight of how beautiful a person can be.