A few years ago we were on holiday when one of our dear friend’s young son had an accident that dislodged his shoulder bone. He was in severe pain, but the gentle hands of the doctor reset the bone and relieved his pain.
Reset & Restore
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. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
The apostle Paul is calling all Christians to serve one another in love. The word restore, means to reset. Like a shoulder bone that is out of joint, often someone in the body of Christ may be out of joint with their walk with Christ. Such a person needs the same gentleness of a physician to put them back in alignment with God’s Word. We are here taught to deal tenderly with those who are overtaken in a fault.
Those who are mature Christians are especially called to recognize those around us who need such tender restoration. When this is done with the spirit of meekness and love, it brings comfort to those who are overtaken with their fault and helps them to recover and fit back in position in the body of Christ.
May I be the tender hands that can bring those who are out of joint from Your Body. Help me to bear the burdens of others, and thereby fulfilling Your law of love. Amen.