Sin hurts and wounds our inner being, our soul. All of us have inflicted and received the hurts of sin. The bruises and disorders of our souls prove it.
In previous articles, we saw that four out of ten American babies and five out of twenty Colorado Springs babies are born to promiscuous non-cohabitating parents or promiscuous cohabitating parents. When you look around in your family, neighborhood and church, you will find this true for Christians as well as pagans. God’s Word urges us to give them a hand up.
We can comfort those ensnared in darkness with the word Isaiah prophesied of Messiah Jesus the Son of God. "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will any one hear his voice in the streets; he will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory; and in his name will the Gentiles hope." Matthew 12:18-21
No matter how far a brother or sister in the Lord has fallen, Jesus does not abandon one who believes in Him and He is always ready to give one of His a hand up. “He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick.” We can always come to God’s throne of grace to get mercy and find love to help us.
- Now that we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus, God’s Son, let us cling to what we confess. We have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way just as we are, only without sin. So let us come boldly to God’s throne of grace to get mercy and find love to help us when we need it. Hebrews 4:14-16
We can offer a hand up. God has called us to participate in one another relationships in the body of Christ. This includes gently offering the hurting a hand up. “Live as people whom God has called should live. Be humble and gentle in every way, be patient, and lovingly bear with one another” (Ephesians 41b-2).
When one we know is overcome by some sin, we should help that person onto the right path.
- Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
- For if any one thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each man will have to bear his own load.
- Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:1-10
Notice this exhortation is not directed to pastors and leaders or limited to a particular sin. It is directed to each of us in our day-to-day lives. Brethren is a spiritual term for fellow believers, regardless of sex (Galatians 3:26).
In the next article, I will address how the bruised are liberated.