Galatians 6:1-2

Thoughts from Dayna Spaulding

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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. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:1-2

Behind the Scenes
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I was reading a commentary on this selection by David Guzik, and I just love how he pulls out all the details of it.

Paul is talking to “brothers” here. His fellow followers of the Way. Here he uses the word “caught” to denote a brother who has not been willfully sinning but has slipped into sin and found themselves kind of trapped in it. Another version says, “overtaken by faults.” Oh, I so get this. It’s that slippery slope that we sometimes find ourselves in.

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Paul goes on to say that those who are spiritual should restore our brothers. This line kind of made me bristle a little at first because I was thinking of self-righteous people, but that’s not what Paul is saying. He’s saying that those who are living in the Spirit and not the flesh should restore our brothers. He doesn’t say that they should be excused, ignored, or destroyed – they should be restored. The goal is always restoration.

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In this way, we can bear one another’s burdens. When we reach out in the love of God to restore someone and bring them back to living in the Spirit rather than the flesh, we bear their burden. When we don’t ignore or excuse the sin or conversely strike out to destroy our brothers, we are bearing one another’s burden. When we see our neighbor “carrying a heavy load”, we go out and offer to take some of the weight off. THIS is how we fulfill the Law of Christ.

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So, these aren’t necessarily hardened sinners that Paul is talking to but everyday followers who somehow took their focus off God and ended up in a situation they couldn’t get themselves out of. Ever been there? Ever been out with friends thinking you’re going to have a cocktail or two and end up drunk enough to black out? Ever realize you shortchanged a customer by accident but end up keeping the money? Ever flirt with that married co-worker and just enjoy the way they make you feel, and before you know it, you’re fantasizing about them?

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See we are ALL sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. We all have the propensity to live in the flesh rather than the Spirit. In fact, it takes work to live in the Spirit, and we can so easily start living out of the flesh, and that is why we need to be in community with other believers. When we start to slip or are overtaken with sin, we have our brothers and sisters there to help restore us.

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I recently had this experience. I was talking with a friend about something and got loud without realizing it. If you know me at all, you know this is not an uncommon occurrence. Soon a co-worker came in to contribute their thoughts. While I thought we were having a spirited conversation about something, my friend was withdrawing and looking upset. The conversation ended, she left the room for a bit, and I sat puzzled.

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When she came back, I asked her what was wrong. She didn’t want to tell me, but I pushed a little. She finally let me know that when I got loud, she felt attacked, embarrassed, and betrayed. I HAD NO IDEA! We were able to talk it out, and she said, “Colleen, I’m not mad. I’m just hurt.” What my friend did here for me was beautiful. You see, she didn’t start living in the flesh when she got hurt, she stayed in the Spirit. Honestly, had the situation been reversed, I would have been mad.

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But not only did she stay in the Spirit, she gently restored me. You see, I don’t mean to be loud and abrasive, but when I start living in the flesh, taking my eyes off God, that is how I get. While she was hurt, she bore my burdens and gently restored me. Friends, that is how you fulfill the Law of Christ.

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Father God, thank You for putting people in my life that will gently restore me. Thank You that Your goal is always restoration. Help me to live in the Spirit and be aware when I start living in the flesh. Help me to live as Christ and bear the burdens of my brothers and sisters.

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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. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 

Galatians 6:1-2

Behind the Scenes

I was reading a commentary on this selection by David Guzik, and I just love how he pulls out all the details of it.  

Paul is talking to “brothers” here. His fellow followers of the Way. Here he uses the word “caught” to denote a brother who has not been willfully sinning but has slipped into sin and found themselves kind of trapped in it. Another version says, “overtaken by faults.” Oh, I so get this. It’s that slippery slope that we sometimes find ourselves in.  

Paul goes on to say that those who are spiritual should restore our brothers. This line kind of made me bristle a little at first because I was thinking of self-righteous people, but that’s not what Paul is saying. He’s saying that those who are living in the Spirit and not the flesh should restore our brothers. He doesn’t say that they should be excused, ignored, or destroyed – they should be restored. The goal is always restoration.  

In this way, we can bear one another’s burdens. When we reach out in the love of God to restore someone and bring them back to living in the Spirit rather than the flesh, we bear their burden. When we don’t ignore or excuse the sin or conversely strike out to destroy our brothers, we are bearing one another’s burden. When we see our neighbor “carrying a heavy load”, we go out and offer to take some of the weight off. THIS is how we fulfill the Law of Christ. 

Make it Real

So, these aren’t necessarily hardened sinners that Paul is talking to but everyday followers who somehow took their focus off God and ended up in a situation they couldn’t get themselves out of. Ever been there? Ever been out with friends thinking you’re going to have a cocktail or two and end up drunk enough to black out? Ever realize you shortchanged a customer by accident but end up keeping the money? Ever flirt with that married co-worker and just enjoy the way they make you feel, and before you know it, you’re fantasizing about them?  

See we are ALL sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. We all have the propensity to live in the flesh rather than the Spirit. In fact, it takes work to live in the Spirit, and we can so easily start living out of the flesh, and that is why we need to be in community with other believers. When we start to slip or are overtaken with sin, we have our brothers and sisters there to help restore us.  

I recently had this experience. I was talking with a friend about something and got loud without realizing it. If you know me at all, you know this is not an uncommon occurrence. Soon a co-worker came in to contribute their thoughts. While I thought we were having a spirited conversation about something, my friend was withdrawing and looking upset. The conversation ended, she left the room for a bit, and I sat puzzled.  

When she came back, I asked her what was wrong. She didn’t want to tell me, but I pushed a little. She finally let me know that when I got loud, she felt attacked, embarrassed, and betrayed. I HAD NO IDEA! We were able to talk it out, and she said, “Colleen, I’m not mad. I’m just hurt.” What my friend did here for me was beautiful. You see, she didn’t start living in the flesh when she got hurt, she stayed in the Spirit. Honestly, had the situation been reversed, I would have been mad.  

But not only did she stay in the Spirit, she gently restored me. You see, I don’t mean to be loud and abrasive, but when I start living in the flesh, taking my eyes off God, that is how I get. While she was hurt, she bore my burdens and gently restored me. Friends, that is how you fulfill the Law of Christ.  

Colleen McGeorge

Colleen McGeorge

ACF Devo Team

End in Prayer

Father God, thank You for putting people in my life that will gently restore me. Thank You that Your goal is always restoration. Help me to live in the Spirit and be aware when I start living in the flesh. Help me to live as Christ and bear the burdens of my brothers and sisters.  

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