When The Fallen Are Recovered
2 Corinthians 2:7-8
There was a man in the church at
1. "Forgive him" - What a sweet word this is - "forgive"! Have we not been forgiven much? Then let us forgive much. Have we not been forgiven freely? Then let us forgive freely. Have we not been forgiven for Christ's sake? Then let us forgive our erring brothers and sisters for Christ's sake.
2. "Comfort him" - What? Shall we immediately comfort a man who has so grievously sinned? Yes, immediately, "lest he be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow." As soon as the erring brother returns, receive him as a brother, assure him of God's grace, the sufficiency of Christ's blood, and your own acceptance of him upon the footing of grace.
3. "Confirm your love toward
him" - Take him by the hand, embrace him to your bosom and say,
"Welcome home, brother, we have missed you. I hope you know how much we
love you." As the father received the prodigal son,let
Let that person against whom the offence has been committed be the first to receive again their fallen friends. "Restore such an one in the spirit of meek- ness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."