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LOVE LETTERS|DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SINGLES|DAY 249

Scripture for today

Galatians 6:1-3  (Msg) Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.


Dr. Howard Hendricks tells the story of a young man who strayed from the Lord but was finally brought back by the help of a friend who really loved him. When there was full repentance and restoration, Dr. Hendricks asked this Christian how it felt to be away from the Lord. The young man said it seemed like he was out at sea, in deep water, deep trouble, and all his friends were on the shore hurling biblical accusations at him about justice, penalty, and wrong. “But, there was one Christian brother who actually swam out to get me and would not let me go. I fought him, but he pushed aside my fighting, grasped me, put a life jacket around me, and took me to shore. By the grace of God, he was the reason I was restored. He would not let me go.” (Source Unknown).

The truth about God is that he restores us no matter how far we have gone.  I was at a seminar where the speaker told us over and over again, if we do not want to fall into sin we shouldn't talk down people who do.  Why don't we watch out for each other? Sometimes ask your friends how they are genuinely doing. Just like the Scripture shared above says we should share people's burdens.  We are not to spread them. We are not to use them for public prayer topics. We are to pray for them and encourage them. 

Prayer: Father, help me lift up at least one believer who falls. 

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  1. Today's post clicks for me. Gabby do you remember one of my friends I told you i wasn't gonna give up on.. i understand what it means to be lost and i know I wasnt given up on. *winks

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    1. Exactly, we shouldn't give up. We should fight for their salvation..

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  2. This is a great reminder for me. Gotta check up on some sweethearts.


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    1. Glad you are checking.. Check quickly. We all need the checking on sometimes..

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