Day 35: Monday, April 15, 2019
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
As I read Paul’s words in Galatians 6:1, I am reminded of a line from our Church Covenant that says, “We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly and sisterly love…” There is a certain designation of membership that many churches called, “Watch Care Members.” Churches use the term “watch care” to designate members who are in their city for a short time, and since they will be returning home and do not want to break ties with their home church, they join a local congregation as a temporary or “Watch Care” member. It gives them a congregation to “watch” over them and “care” for them while they are temporarily away from their church.
But as I thought about this, I came to realize that every member is a ‘Watch Care Member.” Nobody should join a church without being watched over and cared for. Furthermore, when we fail to watch and care for one another we fail at being the church.
But let’s be clear, watching over one another doesn’t happen without each of us watching over ourselves. Paul says, “if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
Each of us is susceptible to sin. So, when one of us falls, we should treat that person gently with the goal of restoring them, remembering to watch over ourselves in the process lest we also be taken in by sin.
Read this Week: Galatians: 1-10
Respond: Questions for Each Day of Lent
• How do we help one another overcome our weaknesses and sins without being intrusive and harsh?
• What role would you want the church to play in helping you with your weaknesses and sins?
• When would you consider the church to have crossed the line into being too intrusive?
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