I love to sing. If you were to describe my singing, you could say that I sing loud and with great abandon. You will notice that I did not say that I sing superbly, or good or even average. That’s because I’m really a pretty bad singer. I spent several decades in denial about this. Friends and family would subtly and not so subtly suggest that I should not sing or at least not sing so loud. But I ignored them until one day I was flying down the road with the radio cranked and my 18 month old daughter in the car seat in the back. Somehow beyond the sound of my own screeching singing voice I heard my precious daughter yell ”No sing mommy! NO sing!” I was stunned. But as I looked at her innocent face in the rearview mirror, I finally knew the truth. I really have a rotten singing voice. It took the mouth of babes for me to hear the truth.
There is something about hearing the truth about my faults that makes my stomach hurt. Over the years I have had friends share more of my faults with me than just my poor singing ability. Through many years and many friends I have been told I can be insensitive, abrupt, harsh and even mean. Perhaps you read this and think “What kind of friends would tell you such things?” The answer is Christian friends. In Galatians 6:1 we are told that “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. “ The wildest thing about this verse is it’s not talking about us approaching non-Christians about their sins. It’s talking about the sins you see in fellow Christians.
We all need to be restored sometimes. Maybe you’re like me and it’s your mouth that gets you into trouble. Or maybe you walk around with unresolved anger, feelings of revenge or even unforgiveness . Maybe you slip into feelings of guilt or worthlessness or live a life filled with anxiety instead of peace. None of this is what Jesus wants for you. Jesus wants you to live a life perpetually restored in Him.
That’s where other Christians can come in. Scripture tells us we are supposed to point out the area that needs to be restored in another’s life and then gently restore them. Now if you are like me, you’re thinking “Not ME! I don’t want to tell the people they need help. What if they get mad at me? After all, aren’t Christians supposed to just love everybody?” Well, here’s the news. God expects Christians to act on their love for one another by speaking up when someone is in need spiritually. Too often we see a fellow Christian in need and we pray for them, worry about them and maybe even talk to others about them. Each of these things may be easier than talking to them but talking to them is what Jesus wants us to do. Your gentle words might bring restoration. Isn’t that worth speaking up? Go ahead, give it a try.