Christians Must Not Neglect A Backslide Christian
(Passage: 2 Corinthians 2)
Paul encouraged Corinthian brethren to carefully handle fellows who backslide from faith and make effort to restore them. Paul asked to restore a backslide Christian as stated,
“But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him” (2 Corinthians 2:6-8).
Christians To Stand In Gap For A Backslide Christian
Standing Christians are charged with the responsibility to restore their fellow believers who have fallen from grace. They must make significant efforts to help restore a backslide Christian to the faith in Jesus Christ. God is interested in seeing a lost child restored. He is not interested to lose anyone to Satan’s kingdom! All people must understand that God is loving. He forgives sins and restores sinners. Whoever comes to him to seek forgiveness will receive it.
It is important to state that Jehovah does not coerce anyone into repentance. No one should exercise repentance under duress. God expects everyone to willingly come to him and repent of his/her sins. He will restore any humble person that seek his forgiveness. Any newcomer or a backslide Christian that exercise repentance and turn to God will be saved. An unbeliever/unrepentant soul risks losing God’s gift of eternal life in heaven.
No one should take God for granted and willingly commit sin since the Creator reserves measurable punishment for those who indulge in sin. It is important that everyone make an honest assessment of his or her life and make necessary correction needed to have a good relationship with God. A person who keeps a good relationship with God will enjoy his benefits in this life, and the one to come.
Repent of your sins and return to the Lord.
Prayer To Live Uprightly With God
Dear God, please I do not want to miss heaven, therefore, I confess my sins and repent of them. I am sorry for my past failures. I promise to start walking rightly with you. I will serve you with all my heart. Please equip me with your Holy Spirit to always meet your expectations and befit your kingdom. Help me to effectively work for the restoration of any Christian who backslide. Give us all grace to faithfully serve you unto the end. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.