• W. Austin Gardner

Steps to restoration



Once our brother has confessed his sin then we know that we must take steps to restore him or her. To restore someone I think that we need to learn several basic truths about the spiritual life. It is the word of God that can save us or change and transform us so we will want to work at getting the word of God into their hearts. James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Notice that the first step is the confessing and forsaking of sin. Once confessed and forsaken if we do not take some definite steps it will only be a matter of time before the believer falls into the same sin. He must receive the word with meekness or humility. He must engraft it into his heart, mind and life. The word of God in his life will totally change him. They need to be transformed by the renewing of their minds which takes place by us filling our minds and hearts with the word of God Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. The way we clean up the church and God's people is through the application of the word of God. I am not sure that this makes sense to you but to me it is not optional. I am a strong believer in the memorization and meditation on the word of God and that through this it will change our lives.

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