““Simon, Simon, look out. Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:31-32‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Salvation brings every believer into the family of God. The Bible speaks of the Spirit of God witnessing with our spirits, assuring us of our sonship (Romans 8:16).

This also means that we have siblings all over the face of the earth. Our hearts should be filled with gratitude for this family but it shouldn’t stop there. We are expected to treat believers as our brothers and sisters.

The bond between siblings in a biological family is one that motivates the need to protect one another regardless of the situation. So, similar to our biological family, when one of our brothers or sisters errs, it is our responsibility to restore them.

Our anchor text highlights the instruction Jesus gave to Peter about his brothers in the faith. He told him to strengthen and help them.

Paul gave a similar instruction to the churches in Rome and Galatia. He said:

“Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭CSB‬‬

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:1-2‬ ‭CSB‬‬

From these texts, we can infer that God expects that our automatic response to the news of a believer at fault should be to seek their restoration. By doing so, we are imitators of Christ and are walking in love (Ephesians 5:1-2).

While we reckon that love doesn’t rejoice in iniquity, we also know that love is patient and kind. So, we shouldn’t be found among those who pick on believers that have fallen into temptation. Instead, we are to correct them in love.

It is our responsibility to cover them, and, in gentleness, restore them like we would our biological family. If we don’t take responsibility for our siblings who fall, we leave them to the scrutiny of the world and this would only be to our shame.

In a generation given to the cancel culture, we ought to stand as light even in our approach towards the wrongdoings of our siblings in Christ.

Beloved, decide today to be one who restores a fallen brother or sister in love. Take responsibility for your family.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 12:1-11, I John 4:7-21, Job 16, Ezekiel 45-47

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