“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
June 20, 2022
Some years ago, I read that each morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up and says to himself, “If I cannot outrun the fastest lion on these plains, I will be devoured.” And somewhere that same morning a lion wakes up and that lion says, “If I cannot outrun the slowest gazelle, I will starve.” So, both the gazelle and the lion wake up running.
Every morning, you and I need to wake up running because we are running from sin and Satan is running for us. And sometimes we’re overtaken. Sometimes we stumble and fall. When you get saved, that doesn’t mean you won’t sin anymore. Sometimes we’re overtaken in a fault. Do you know the difference between my life before I was saved and after I was saved? Before I got saved, I was running to sin, now I’m running from sin. In today’s verse, Paul was talking about brothers. He said, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass”—that is, run down by Satan, trapped and snared by a fault—then we are to restore him.
Write out a list of ways to run from sin and Satan. Put one or more of these into practice today.