March 28th


“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness” (Gal.6:1)
                        It is only when we realize God’s goodness and grace in forgiving our backsliding that we can be of real help to those who are in the same condition. We can pray for them with tears of loving sympathy rather than condemning them harshly and hating them for spoiling their testimony. We learn go to go to them in love and humility, and seed to bring them back to the Lord (Gal.6:1-2). There is no doubt that in many subtle ways the devil tries to bring defeat into the lives of the believers. Many fall when they are strongly tempted. Then they are condemned and forsaken by other believers; some even hate them and they as well as unbelievers despise them. But if only we would remember how the Lord waited patiently for us to repent of our backslidings, how He met our need when we lost our first love, how wonderfully He helped us to return to Him and what a tender welcome He gave us, we cannot but try to help them. We would pray with tears for them and do everything we could to have them restored. Many times in our own experience, we have seen fallen ones coming back and being restored to their former position after we have prayed with tears for them and with them. On the other hand if we judge and condemn them, their hearts become harder and harder. Let us remember what a great responsibility we have towards our backslidden brothers and sisters. We have our Lord’s example of how He dealt with His disciple Peter before and after his fall. The Lord Jesus knew how Peter would deny Him three times before the cock crew twice. Therefore He lovingly warned him saying, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:31,32). Peter was restored because of the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ.
                        We further see how the Lord told Peter that inspite of his denial of Him, He would still trust him and expect him to pray for his weaker brethren who might also fall. The Lord repeated this again in His last message to Peter (John 21:15-17). He told him three times, “Feed my lambs,”  “Feed my sheep,” and again, “Feed my sheep.” Both those who are newly born again and are babes in Christ, and those who are weak in their faith and not growing spiritually are like lambs who need extra care, having to be carried and strengthened. The Lord has used different people to help us in our weakness that we might be spiritually restored. So if we find that our fellow-believers are weak and living defeated lives, we also must help to lift them up spiritually by our prayers, fellowship and shedding of tears. “They that sow tears shall reap in joy.”