Galatians 6:1, “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.
Galatians is written by the Apostle Paul to a region of churches in Galatia, modern day Turkey, and in verse 1 you see the phrase, “Restore one another in a spirit of gentleness.” The word, “restore” in the original language means to “equip, mend together, expose rips and tears, and build up in truth,” because even though we profess to be followers of Jesus, we still wonder into sin. Did you see that in verse 1?
We are a people who get caught up in sin. The word “caught” used in verse 1 means to be “overtaken by sin” or “ensnared by sin,” so that the Apostle Paul is describing biblical relationships as people who get caught up in sin, and then rally around one another to restore, expose, and build up in truth.
The sad part is that many of us have never seen that practically lived out in life, but in verse 1 we see the Apostle Paul begins the chapter with, “brethren.” The Apostle Paul isn’t speaking to a select group of people, but to the entire local church in Galatia, and calling them to “restore one another.”
I know, you are thinking, “What does this have to do with our relationships for 2018?” Stay with me! The only way we have a chance at building these types of biblical relationships in our lives is by God’s grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and a little intentional planning on our part.
This is why the Yearly Planning Event on January 20th is so important. It won’t solve all your relational problems, but it will begin to move us in the direction of developing the types of relationships we see described in Galatians 6.