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Gentle restoration

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St. Paul writes, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness,” Galatians 6:1.One reason some Christians are uncomfortable with this verse or ignore it is because Jesus said, “Judge not, and you will not be judged,” Luke 6:37, and they assume that any form of rebuking or calling another person to repentance is judgmentalism. However, the “judgment” Jesus is forbidding involves immediately announcing a public verdict about our neighbor’s sin, which we certainly are not to do when our neighbor has fallen into sin. In Matthew 18:15, Jesus specifically tells ...

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