bible based christian daily devotional

Do you see an inappropriate ad? PLEASE REPORT IT!

Categories

Worthy Devotions - Bible Based Christian Daily Devotional

Anyone can be restored!

Monday, July 29, 2013 (6:02 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

There is a fascinating true story about the Apostle John narrated by the early church "Father", Eusebius, well worth reading.

The account goes that the elderly John took an affection and interest in a young man from Ephesus and subsequently entrusted him to the care of a bishop in the vicinity, and that, after a season, this young man became entangled with a band of criminals, and was corrupted by them, finally becoming their leader. When John returned after some time to search for the young man, expecting to find him spiritually well and maturing, the bishop despondently informed John of his fate.

Eusebius wrote, "The apostle tore his clothing, beat his head, and groaned, 'A fine guardian I left for our brother's soul! But get me a horse and someone show me the way.' He rode off from the church, just as he was. When he arrived at the hideout and was seized by the outlaws' sentries, he shouted, 'This is what I have come for, take me to your leader!'"

"When John approached and the young leader recognized him, he turned and fled in shame. But John ran after him as hard as he could, forgetting his age, and calling out, 'Why are you running away from me, child – from your own father, unarmed and old? Pity me, child, don't fear me! I will give account to Christ for you, and if necessary, gladly suffer death and give my life for yours as the Lord suffered death for us. Stop! Believe! Christ sent me.'"

"The young man stopped, stared at the ground, threw down his weapons and wept bitterly. Flinging his arms around the old man, he begged forgiveness, baptized a second time with his own tears…[John] led him back and did not leave him until – through prayer, fasting, and instruction – he restored him to the church."

What an awesome story! I've used this story many times when talking to the despondent backslider who believes he can no longer be forgiven.

Be an example of His love! No matter how far someone believes he has strayed from, or even deserted the Lord – he can always be restored! Perhaps, while reading this message, the Lord is reminding you of a person with whom you can share this story. Just possibly, you are the one that God wants to use to bring about his/her restoration. If so, I trust that, reading of the Apostle John's loving example, you've been inspired by the compassion and grace the Lord Himself feels toward His "prodigals", and moved by His Spirit to go out in faith…and rescue the lost sheep!

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy Devotions. All rights reserved.

One Response to “Anyone can be restored!”

  1. Ukoma Says:

    …Thank you for this great piece…Indeed "Anyone can be restored"…!!!

Leave a Reply




Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
Your email address:
First Name:
Last Name:
Enter security code:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Worthy Brief - 9/23/2014
Worthy Brief - 9/22/2014
Worthy Brief - 9/19/2014
Worthy Brief - 9/18/2014
Worthy Brief - 9/16/2014
  • Most Popular Posts


  • World News
    U.S. Strikes Islamic State in Syria
    Diplomats: Iran open to softened US nuke proposal
    More Mega 9.0 Earthquakes Are Coming, Study Says
    Iran, Russia Boost Nuclear Ties
    Islamic State Using U.S. Arms Supplied by Saudi Arabia
    Russian Bombers Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on U.S.
    U.S. Expands Air Strikes Against Islamic State Around Haditha Dam
    Israel News
    Poll: Nearly Half of Palestinians Support Armed Struggle Against Israel
    IDF Concerned of Possible Hezbollah Attack
    Abbas Threatens to Break Partnership with Hamas
    Israel Prepares for 'Very Violent' War Against Hezbollah
    PA Plan Seeks Palestinian State Within 3 Years
    Iran Vows to 'Save' al-Aqsa mosque from 'Zionists'
    Israel Bolsters Forces Near Syrian Border
    U.S. News
    Islamic State Jihadists 'Have Returned to America', U.S. Officials Say
    Obama To Deploy 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola
    National Facial Recognition System is Operational, FBI Announces
    Full Text of President Obama's ISIL Speech
    Obama Authorized Expansion of Military Campaign Against Islamic State
    Flooding Hits Phoenix As Region Deals With Wettest Day on Record
    Obama: U.S. Military to Provide Resources to battle Ebola epidemic in Africa
    Christian News
    Three Pastors in Iran Facing Death Penalty
    Two Pastors in Bhutan Sentenced
    Saudi Arabia Arrests Nearly 30 Christians
    Pastor Faces Death Sentence in Iran for "Spreading Corruption on the Earth"
    Thirty-one Pakistanis Falsely Accused of Blasphemy
    India: Hindu Extremists Pass Laws Restricting Christianity
    Khartoum: Sudan Shuts 500-Member Church
    Great Reading Material
    Add our Daily Christian Devotion
    You can add our daily Christian devotional to your sites for FREE!

    You can get more information, please go to Worthy Webmaster.
    Link to our Daily Christian Devotional
    Help others find Worthy Christian Devotions! Use this code to link to Worthy Christian Devotions on your web page:

    <a href="http://www.worthydevotions.com" title="Christian Devotions">Daily Christian Devotionals - Worthy Devotions</a>



    Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Christian Devotional – Daily Devotion » Anyone can be restored!