A. The children of Israel had exhausted God’s patience (Jeremiah 15:1-6).
- Considering the Lord’s nature (Psalms 145:8), that tells you they were extremely difficult to deal with (II Chronicles 36:14-16).
- He punished them (Lamentations 2:1-2).
- Yet, His goal was to rebuild them (Jeremiah 31:28).
- Corrective measures are meant to restore the lost (Revelation 3:19).
- This is even true with those whom are unruly (Titus 1:10-14).
II. Body: The Process Of Repentance Includes Getting Up From The Fall (Hebrews 12:1-13).
A. Consider some things from the process recorded in Galatians 6:1-5…
- A saint gets overtaken by an unexpected temptation that leads them astray (i.e. being led astray by convincing false teachers; II Peter 2:18-19).
- The spiritually minded saints, in a position to correct (Luke 6:37-42), need to step up (James 5:19-20).
- It may be a hard public rebuke if fitting (I Timothy 5:20).
- It may be you have to go to God on their behalf (Psalms 106:23 and James 5:16).
- The spiritual bearing the burdens (Romans 15:1-3).
- The goal is to help this person up, help them walk on their own. For, we all will be individually accountable for our actions (John 5:28-29).
- Brethren being supportive of one another (I Thessalonians 5:11-14).
- If one falls, the purpose of another is to help that fallen get back up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
- Once a person properly deals with his or her sin, mercy is given to he or she by the Lord (Proverbs 28:13).
- When a saint sins against another, once the process of repentance begins, you’re not to keep rebuking them (Luke 17:1-4).
- The fallen, who desire to repent and get up, need the help of the faithful (II Corinthians 1:23-2:11)!
III. Conclusion: Let’s always be mindful of the need to build up each other, whether fallen or not (Ephesians 4:16).
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