A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Inherent in sinful human nature is the satisfaction of watching others commit epic failures. Jurgen Henn of North Carolina, has had over a million visitors go to his web site to watch trucks failing to heed the warning sign of an 11 foot – 8 inch bridge underpass. Since 2008 one hundred trucks have gotten either stuck underneath the bridge or had their roof sheared off. Commenting on the video footage he has collected over the years, Mr. Henn says that the failure to heed the warning signs and yellow flashing lights “... can be pretty spectacular.”
Although our world takes great pleasure in watching others fail, the followers of Christ are to have the opposite reaction. When see a brother or sister in Christ fall into sin, our response is not one of amusement but sorrow. We hurt for them and desire to come alongside and assist in any way we can. In the letter of Galatians, Paul writes “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” The word rendered restore is used in the gospels for the task of mending a fishing net. The imagery speaks of responding to the failings and sins of others in an attitude of humility and a desire to do everything possible to help them be made whole again.
The next time we see a brother or sister fail, let’s respond in a Christ-like attitude as we address their sin and gently help restore them. Seeing them forgiven and mended back together by the Lord is something worth watching!