READ: Galatians 6:1
- How would anyone know if someone was caught in a sin? They would either be watching (judging?) or they would be in a close relationship where they were told. What should the appropriate action be? Gossip? Indifference? Hostility? Condemnation? Of course not. The appropriate action is restoration. And that implies a gentle confrontation—what we might term accountability.
- The idea behind restore is one of healing or repair. In the gospels, the term is used of fishermen who are repairing (restoring) their nets so they are useful. It’s used outside of Scripture in the medical field for setting a broken bone so the limb is useful again. It’s used by Paul in Ephesians 4 as the term equip, what we do to prepare people for service. Accountability should always lead to being renewed in usefulness to God.
- And we do it with a close eye on ourselves. We make sure we are in a position to no be tempted to be arrogant or harsh and that we are not tempted to fail in the same arena as the one we are restoring. “Judging” is absolutely necessary (John 7:24 – “judge with right judgment”) but it must be done only in the context of personal examination and humility.
- Read Jude 20-22. What’s the connection to accountability?
- Describe a time when someone sought to restore you.
- What circumstances might lead to you restoring someone else?
PRAY: Thank God for those who have watched over your life. Pray that God will continue to send the right people to monitor your spiritual life. Commit to gently restoring those around you.