DAY 15 – Handling Other’s Faults
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. Galatians 6:1
The greatest pain that I have felt is when I have been hurt by those closest to me. There is no way around it, people will disappoint and hurt you. I’m not saying to look for it and to expect it, but be prepared, because God can use this situation of pain to build your character.
Handling others faults is the greatest test of love. The religious spirit wants justice but love brings restoration. The religious spirit wants to punish while love wants to be gentle. This act of gentleness when trying to restore a brother or sister in Christ is impossible if we don’t understand the amazing grace of God.
You can’t show someone grace if you never experienced grace. One of the saddest things I have seen is when a brother or sister in Christ falls into sin and the Church who is called to bring restoration, brings judgment and punishment. This must change! We must seek to restore others in a spirit of love and gentleness because it’s the way our heavenly Father deals with us.
The truth is that when you are disobedient, God may bring chastisement, but he does it gracefully and gently. Even when God is dealing with us because of our faults, He is still kind, and this is what brings true repentance. The goodness of God that you have experienced must be passed on to others when they have hurt you. Today God wants you to shed His grace on someone that has hurt you, will you allow his love to be seen?
PRAYER: Holy Spirit help me to be gentle, graceful and kind when I bring correction to someone that has hurt me or someone that I care about. In Jesus name, amen!
FASTING TIP: Pray for encouragement from God when tempted to eat.
ADDITIONAL READING: Galatians 6:1-10
RECIPE: Pineapple Citrus Muffins
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup oat flour (see Recipe Notes)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup diced pineapples
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
¼ cup Date Honey
¼ cup flaxseed meal
2 teaspoons unsweetened coconut flakes
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly rub 8 cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with olive oil, and set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and stir well to combine. Scoop out mixture into muffin tin cups, allowing
about 1/3 cup for each muffin. Bake 20 minutes, or until muffin tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 muffin)
Make your own oat flour by placing old-fashioned rolled oats in a food processor or blender and process until fine (½ cup old-fashioned oats will yield about ½ cup ground oats). Spread almond butter or Date Honey on top. Flaxseed meal is a powder made from ground flaxseeds. It can be found in health food stores and some grocery stores. Instead of buying flaxseed meal, you can also grind whole flaxseeds at home by using a coffee or seed grinder. The zest is the outermost, colorful skin of citrus fruits. Zest is often used to enhance flavor in recipes. The pith, or white membrane underneath the outside peel, has a bitter, unpleasant taste and should be avoided while zesting.