Forgive the Unrepentant?

Galatians 6:1-5, Page 1826
“1. Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spirtiual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
2. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
3. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.
5. For each one will bear his own load.”

       In Galatians 6:1-5, page 1826, Jesus talks with us about restoring 1The Holy Spirit used the word “restore” (“καταρτίζετε”), a command directed to people. The term restore means to make whole, repair, set right. The spiritual people restore the person “caught” (“προλημφθῇ”) in any trespass (“παραπτώματι”). Notice that Jesus commanded the spiritual people to restore the brother caught in trespass, using a similar command for a brother to rebuke the brother in Luke 17:1-4. people caught in a trespass.  This passage requires that you first master walking in the Holy Spirit and bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life (Galatians 5:16-24). 2In Galatians 5:16, page 1825, Jesus commanded believers to walk in the Holy Spirit. This term “walk” (“περιπατεῖτε”) means to carry out all of life’s activities in the power of the Holy Spirit. Notice it is a command. Furthermore, you must also walk 3In Galatians 5;25, page 1824, the Holy Spirit used a different word for “walk” (“στοιχῶμεν”) which refers to marching in rank or order, as part of a unified group. Think marching with the band and making every turn correctly, keeping in step with the other band members. As you can see in Galatians 5:25, page 1824, walking in rank keeps us from boasting, challenging one another, and envying one another. These sins relate to others, and occur when we do not walk in order with them, by the power of the Holy Spirit controlling our lives. in the Spirit to avoid being boastful, challenging one another, and envying one another (Galatians 5:25, page 1826). Only the spiritual believers, walking in the Holy Spirit, will be in a position to restore another believer caught in any trespass (Galatians 6:1, page 1826).  This restoration must be done in gentleness, with the spiritual believer looking to himself so that he will not be tempted. Well, how do we do this restoration?

        First, the spiritual man will start by bearing the burden 4In Galatians 6:2, page 1826, the Holy Spirit used the term “Bear” (“βαστάζετε”) as a command for all spiritual people. As we have seen, Jesus commanded believers to rebuke and forgive, and also to confront. of the other believer (Galatians 6:2, page 1826). If you thought you would administer a quick rebuke and then exit, think again. Jesus demands that we bear the burden weighing down the transgressor. People often sin because the burdens weigh them down. They do not find rest in Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30, page 1519). You must make a sincere effort to help the sinful brother bear the burden and strain. Notice the verse does not specify what you must do to bear the burden, because it will vary by the burden and the person.  We do know that Jesus will provide rest, and His burden is light.

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1. The Holy Spirit used the word “restore” (“καταρτίζετε”), a command directed to people. The term restore means to make whole, repair, set right. The spiritual people restore the person “caught” (“προλημφθῇ”) in any trespass (“παραπτώματι”). Notice that Jesus commanded the spiritual people to restore the brother caught in trespass, using a similar command for a brother to rebuke the brother in Luke 17:1-4.
2. In Galatians 5:16, page 1825, Jesus commanded believers to walk in the Holy Spirit. This term “walk” (“περιπατεῖτε”) means to carry out all of life’s activities in the power of the Holy Spirit. Notice it is a command.
3. In Galatians 5;25, page 1824, the Holy Spirit used a different word for “walk” (“στοιχῶμεν”) which refers to marching in rank or order, as part of a unified group. Think marching with the band and making every turn correctly, keeping in step with the other band members. As you can see in Galatians 5:25, page 1824, walking in rank keeps us from boasting, challenging one another, and envying one another. These sins relate to others, and occur when we do not walk in order with them, by the power of the Holy Spirit controlling our lives.
4. In Galatians 6:2, page 1826, the Holy Spirit used the term “Bear” (“βαστάζετε”) as a command for all spiritual people. As we have seen, Jesus commanded believers to rebuke and forgive, and also to confront.