Restore With The Right Attitude
If a man is overtaken in any trespass… restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.
Galatians 6:1 NKJV
The word trespass comes from the word ‘misstep’, which means to take a step in the wrong direction or to make an error in judgment or conduct. When you lose your footing or you slip on an icy sidewalk, you didn’t intend to fall, but now it’s happened and you need help to get back up again. That’s the kind of trespass the Bible talks about when it says, "Restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness." In Greek the word restore has two shades of meaning:
(1) Resetting a broken bone. Paul says, "Christ makes us one body… connected to each other" (Romans 12:5 GWT). When you think about it, your Spiritual family is even more important than your physical family, because it will last forever. By reinstating a brother or sister who has been overtaken by sin you help to heal their pain and enable them to become a vital, functioning part of Christ’s body again.
(2) Removing a tumour. Malignant tumours are life-threatening and spiritual tumours are soul-threatening. By removing one you not only help save somebody, you obey the Scripture, "Bear one another’s burdens, and… fulfil the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2). And make no mistake, sharing their shame and humiliation is a burden. Nevertheless, "We should do it… [giving] special attention to those who are in the family of believers" (Galatians 6:10 NCV). In God’s army we are not supposed to shoot our wounded. Indeed, if the wounded can’t find mercy in the ranks of the redeemed where are they going to find it?