April 23, 2014

Moral Failure

Written by Boyd Bailey

iStock_000000922821SmallThoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 23, 2014

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1

What happens when someone we really respect fails morally? They fall hard because they were perceived as super spiritual, having walked with the Lord for a long time. We may feel betrayed, angry, saddened and surely we grieve. Private sins exposed by the confession of a public figure jolts our faith. However, it’s the Lord’s reminder that we look to Him, not man, as our standard of behavior. By God’s grace we pray healing and restoration for our fallen brother or sister in the faith. We who are spiritual are to repent of any latent sin, lest it bring us down in public shame.

We pick them up, hold them up, and build them up. Restoration is a long process that requires patience, forgiveness and accountability. Yes, the friend who has failed morally must want help for healing to happen. A humble and contrite heart is what the Holy Spirit uses to bring about spiritual and emotional wholeness. Like the place of protection provided by the city of refuge in the Old Testament (Numbers 35:25), those in moral recovery need a safe environment. Bad habits created over the years by secret sins take time to change. Let the Spirit rebuild their soul.

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7).

What if we are the one who has been caught in a sin or sins? Our phone texts are found out to be inappropriate. Our moral and financial compromises are discovered after months or years of business travel. The attention of our girlfriend or boyfriend gets the attention of our spouse. We are ensnared by the trap and illusion of pornography and our prayers don’t seem to help. No one is beyond the restoring grace of God. But, the Lord’s discipline may very well precede working through the pain, guilt and shame. Since He loves us so much, He keeps us honest and accountable.

If the Lord can restore and use the imperfect lives of Abraham, David and Mary Magdalene for His glory, He can do the same work of grace in us. We are all a work in process and we will fail along the way of life. It’s the right response to failure that leads us to success. We learn to say I was wrong, I was foolish and I need loving accountability in my life. Humiliation that leads to healing is a trophy of God’s grace. Lift up the fallen, hold up the hurting, build up the broken!

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes” (Proverbs 24:16).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the grace and love to lift up a friend who has fallen morally.

Related Readings: Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 3:18, 8:2; 2 Corinthians 2:7; James 2:8

Post/Tweet today: Bad habits created over the years by secret sins take time to change. #wisdomhunters

Free eBook when you invite 5 friends to sign up for the free email devotional…https://www.wisdomhunters.com/invite-your-friends/

© 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.


Comments

  1. Kellye says:

    I just want you to know how grateful I am that you chose to write on moral failure and lift up and support our fellow brothers and sisters in need in the way that God’s character shows us to do. Thank you for letting God use you to reach the masses everyday. He has blessed your insights and words, and I pray that He continues. Very Much Appreciated, KV

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Kellye~ Thank you so much for your encouraging comments regarding the devotional and Mr. Bailey’s words. Please know he will hear your comments and be blessed by them.
      Your dear comment ~ “I just want you to know how grateful I am that you chose to write on moral failure and lift up and support our fellow brothers and sisters in need in the way that God’s character shows us to do” says so much about YOUR character and your kindness towards your “brothers and sisters”.
      The scripture verse “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7) is always such a “wake up call”. Goodness, we all fall short, don’t we?
      “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory og God.” (Romans 3:23)
      Thank you again, Kellye. We are so thankful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter and look forward to hearing from you again sometime.
      Blessings to you and yours.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne

  2. Toria Olamikan via Facebook says:

    Amen

    1. Gwynne says:

      Thank you Mayra~ There is alot of conviction in your “Amen”!!!
      Blessings.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts