Relationships arent easy, they’re risky and we’re often disappointed by the choices that other people make… Its not just parents that are sad for there kids. Also watching close friends, valued neighbors, family members struggle is painful too. To often, we either say nothing or get irritated when their pain gets in our way. But love doesn’t sit back and watch. Love doesn’t celebrate someone else’s struggles… Love believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. I’ve found one of the greatest ways to experience restoration in my own life is to help restore someone else. Here is a enlightening scripture on this subject:
Galatians 6:1-3 (MSG)
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
Think on these questions:
- Who in your life is hurting and needs to be restored?
- Prayerfully consider two practical things you could do today and help them in this process. Write them down
- Think of someone you see/talk to everyday. Ask God to give you a simple, clear way to speak a loving, restoring word to them.
Notes thanks to: Love Life Women’s Conference Devotional Journal by Joyce Meyer
Over and Out
Lindsay A. Barth