Restore that Brother or Sister

Many years ago, I had a bird dog by the name of Bingo. Bingo was a short haired English setter that was always full of energy. It did not matter how much she was allowed to run; she would still want to keep going. I would let her jog with me or I would take her on walks to help burn up this endless supply of energy. One day, I put the leash on her to take her for a walk. I seen that a lot of our farm cats had congregated in one area and I thought that it would be “fun” to take Bingo over there to say, “Hi.”. Well when I got close, Bingo must have already had the same idea and bolted that direction causing my ankle to twist and fracture. This caused a lightning bolt feeling to go through my body as I fell to the ground in the middle of those cats and dog that were happy to see each other. This caused joy and entertainment for my family as they watched from a distance. Once they seen me hobbling away; they realized that something was not right. This fracture caused my ankle to have a knot the size of a baseball and I ended up having to have a cast put on the ankle so the bone would set and restore to its original place.

The doctor had to set my bone in its original place to help restore it.

I do not think the Apostle Paul had a broken ankle caused by a dog named bingo, but he was familiar with the idea of the setting of a broken bone. Paul used a secular Greek analogy for restoring or setting a broken bone, in chapter six of Galatians.

Galatians 6:1  Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

The secular Greek word that Paul used for setting a bone was “restore”.  The word “restore” is even fuller in meaning because it has the idea of making someone completely adequate or sufficient for something.[1] If a brother or sister falls into sin; the one who is walking by the Spirit should “restore” or help the fallen brother or sister so they can be placed back to where they were before falling so that they can become completely adequate for the work that God has for them.

Sadly, sometimes we can be quick to kick a person while they are down instead of reaching down and helping them back up. Paul says with gentleness and of course love, restore or bring the fallen brother or sister back to where they were so they are able to bring glory to Christ in their life.

Hopefully you do not need an English setter by the name of Bingo to fracture your ankle so you understand the idea of setting a bone. Just be quick in reaching out a hand to a fallen brother or sister so you can restore him/her back so he/she is able to bring glory to God in their life. Sometimes people fall because their life is hard and burdensome. Be the one that comes along with love to help him/her up and to help shoulder the load. You might be the only one that gives the encouragement that is needed for him/her to press on.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.



[1] Louw Nida

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