Biblical Counseling Part 5
June 2 & June 9
Once the problem has been accurately diagnosed it is the counselor’s responsibility to restore the person.
Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught by a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
The word translated “restore” is katarizo, which means to repair or make fit. It was used in the Gospels of mending the fishing nets. In Luke 6:40 it refers to the process of training a disciple. It means to take someone from where he is to where he ought to be – repairing what is wrong, and making him a point of spiritual fitness.
This command is revolutionary. Most people do not respond this way to sin in others. If our car breaks down we spend time and money to get it repaired and back to proper working order. But when a brother or sister in Christ breaks down, how often is our response gossip, distain, judgmentalism, ignoring the problem, or sweeping the person out to the fringes of our lives, rather than spending the time and energy and resources necessary to restore the person? How often we are quicker to junk a servant of the living God than a broken down car.
God commands restoration. And the first step in restoring a person who has been overtaken by a sin is to bring the person to repentance. If he is already repentant this step can be skipped, but if the person is continuing in unrepentant sin, Scripture gives clear instructions on how to stimulate a repentant heart.
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