How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life
“Brethren, if any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore (katartitzo) such a one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1
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The Greek Word, “Katartizo” a “curing or mending” Word
Here’s a great word for you from the Greek language of the New Testament. The word is “Katartizo” (kat-ar-tid’zo – (#2675 in the Strong’s Concordance). It is used in Galatians 6:1; “Brethren, if any man be overtaken (or caught up) in a fault (or trespass), ye which are spiritual, Katartitzo (restore) such a one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” We are limited in the English language for the translation of this word.
The essence of Katartitzo is that of a “curing or mending” word. Like a surgeon would set a broken limb, a fisherman mending a torn net, a king equipping a warrior with weapons, it means to give to someone something that is missing, or something that they lack. It is executing a repair or reviving something so it can be effective again. Katartitzo is an encouraging word.
The idea of this verse is the process of confronting a guilty person who has been tripped or has fallen. The goal in the confrontation is to restore (katartitzo) that person. It’s to be done in the spirit of “meekness, temperance, and gentleness” (Gal 5:22, 23). So many times we see brethren caught in a sin, and in our zeal of confronting them and drive them to a place where restoration is impossible. This verse teaches us that we are to confront in a spirit of gentleness, lest we also be tempted. Put yourself in their shoes, for next time it could be you. The purpose is to restore not cripple.
Our goal should be to create a “mending” home for our children and loved ones in a world where shattered and broken homes are all around us. Katartitzo, great word isn’t it?
This generation of people are divided over politics, religion, morality and personal hurts which has destroyed many families. The next time you find yourself in a situation where a friend or family is overtaken in a fault, Here is your remedy and what God wants us to do; “Brethren, if any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore (katartitzo) such a one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1
Words to Think About…
<>–ON RECONCILLIATION –<>
God Has Given Us The Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-21)
1. The Prodigal Son – Restored!
2. The Suffering of Job – Restored!
3. The Lost Sheep – Restored!
4. The one who left the other 99 – Restored!
5. Peter, denied His Lord 3 times – Restored!
6. Gomer, runaway wife of Hosea – Restored
7 David, murderer, adulterer, man after God’s own heart – Restored!
8. Me – Restored!
“And I (God) will restore unto you the years the locusts have eaten….” Joel 2:25