Relationships Restored by Rebecca Sloan
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.
Community is the heartbeat of the Kingdom of God. Can you serve Jesus without acting like Jesus to those around you? The gospel is for everyone. We have been restored to relationship with God by Christ’s sacrifice! By His example, we are invited to have restored relationship with those around us. In the end, we are in need of Jesus’ redemption as much as the person next to us. This is good news! Loving your neighbor as yourself is the privilege of being made to look more and more like Christ. It is the embodiment of Heaven invading earth.
Right now, you might have that certain family member on your mind, or that boss you can’t stand, or that friend you’ve fallen out with. Restoration in all of those relationships is available and achievable with the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus! But, Kingdom community is active. It takes humility, work, and initiative. You can not stay passive if you want your relationships to mature and last.
This also applies to every single interaction you have day in and day out. Did you treat that check-out girl in a way that would make her inquisitive about Jesus? Did you speak to the customer service representative over the phone with honor after they couldn’t help you? Do you avoid that person at church who you know is having an affair?
We have been blessed so that we can be a blessing. We have been saved so that we can tell others about the one who saves. If we are not actively choosing to love others like Christ does we will resort to hating them like sinners do.
Heavenly Father, thank You for what You gave to us on the cross. Thank You that we are redeemed and restored. Thank You that that redemption and restoration is available for all who believe and call on Your name. Please forgive us for all the times we think it only applies to us. Thank You that You give us grace upon grace to grow and love people better day in and day out. Lord, it’s all for You. Will You highlight to me where I can love people better, where I can serve someone in need, where I can bring Kingdom community? I want everything I do to bring You glory. Will You be in my relationships. Will You be in my family. Will You be in my community. Amen.