Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
We've all seen over the last decade the coarsening of societal culture due in large part to political divisions and social media access to one another. We see people say things online that they would never say in person; however, just because it is said this way, makes it no less hurtful. It is easy to slip into being one person online and a completely different person in real life. It is for such situations that the wise words of the Apostle Paul seem to always strike the right chord. In Galatians, he urges us to "restore"others who make mistakes, fail, or even sin against us. Most importantly, though, is how we he urges us to do this. He said, "Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness." A spirit of gentleness is key to communicating effectively. Paul does not call for heavy-handedness, anger, or scolding of those who do wrong. If we communicate with a spirit of gentleness to others, chances are, we will be communicated with in the same manner. Today, if you are needing to confront something or someone in your life that is doing wrong, do so with a spirit of gentleness.
"Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted" -- Galatians 6:1 ESV