Journal Entry 173

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” -Galatians 6:1-2 

In deciding to stay at the Men’s Grace House at least until the end of this year, I have been thinking about how God placed me here for a purpose. This is the text that I have been meditating on since I moved here in the house. I tend to draw towards Christians who I know are struggling because I desire to assist them in anyway. May God give me grace to do more for these men. Ephesians 2:14 says, For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” The desires to love the brethren, regardless of their ethnicity, social status, and personalities, began with the work and person of Christ. If it was not for Him, I would honestly hate the people that I live with right now. We would not last very long as roommates. There would not be 10 guys sharing two bedrooms and one fridge.

However, there is caution is how to go about restoring anyone who is caught in any sin. I too can be tempted by their sins. I can trip over someone else’s stumbling block. Sin is contagious! One leaven and leaven the whole lump in the Grace House. It’s like working in the hospital with sick people. As I am caring for people with all sorts of diseases, I am bound of catching something myself. Therefore, nurses are required to wear appropriate protect equipments and gowns for contagious patients to prevent the sickness from spreading. Unless I am watchful and guarded, I will not be tempted and fall, remain spiritual, and continue to bear other’s burdens.

May I continue to take out the log in my own eye that I take out the speck in my brother’s eyes. May my Heavenly Father continue to water my soul with the effectual truths of Christ that I may conform into His image by bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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