Part Seven – We will speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:14-15
Key words in Galatians 6:1
overcome – overtaken, involved in, caught, arresting, becomes aware of wrongdoing, surprised to learn and/or surprised to be caught up in
sin – transgression by false step or failure
spiritual – those who have received God’s spirit and live by the leading of the Spirit
restore – to cause to be fully qualified, fully trained
gentleness – with humility, meek, mild, speaking softly, specifically not harsh
“love believes the best of people,” – 1 Corinthians 13:7
“restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness” – Galatians 6:1
restore – to cause to be fully qualified, fully trained FOCUS ON THIS
qualified/justified – made clean, brought into right standing by Jesus (Jesus-Nicodemus, John 3)
fully trained – helping a person follow Jesus Good Shepherd, walking alongside (Jesus teaching, Matthew 5-7)
Walking alongside a person, with humility, one step at a time, helping them take next steps in following Jesus. Let’s walk together. Life is a journey.
“Restore” from Galatians 6:1 same word used here:
“The student who is fully trained will become like the teacher,” – Luke 6:40 (preceded by Don’t judge/condemn, lest, forgive, and followed by splinter/log in your own eye)
“Your restoration is what we pray for,” “We pray that you will become mature.” – 2 Corinthians 13:9
“God uses it (the Scripture) to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” “equipped for every good work,” – 2 Timothy 3:17 (all Scripture…for teaching, correction, training in righteousness, v 16)
“apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, building up the body of Christ,” – Ephesians 4:11-12
“Wounds from a friend can be trusted,” – Proverbs 27:6
“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” – Proverbs 27:6
help along the path of restoration
also in the context of conflict resolution, provide a way for restoration
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” – Proverbs 15:1
Following Jesus, becoming more like Jesus…in our reconciliation.
“Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Proverbs 12:14
Elements of a Jesus followers apology:
Apology – “this is what I did that was wrong ___, this is the harm it caused ___, I am sorry, I make a commitment to never do it again, please forgive me. How can I make this right?”
Paul restores Peter, in Antioch. – Galatians 2:11-21
What should we do?
1. Reflect on today’s verses.
2. Make any needed personal course corrections.
3. Pray, asking God for help in this area, including understanding and gracious humility.
4. Write truths of following Jesus to grow in clarity.
5. Ask God if there is an action step for you this week.