16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,  Luke 15:16-18
     How many people are there, that we know, who need to be restored. In Luke Chapter 15, it first tells us about a lost coin and there was great rejoicing when it was found. Next, it tells of a lost sheep and there was great rejoicing when it was found. Lastly, it tells of a lost boy. How much more rejoicing was there when he came home?
     Restoration is the duty of all Christians. We want to help restore those whom have fallen away. It may be a family member, a friend or a neighbor. But sometimes our best efforts don’t work. When our efforts fail, we are never to give up or quit reaching out to help restore that person. Although it is often very difficult to do, we have to pray that person who needs to be restored would be placed in the hog pen. That young man in the story about the prodigal son would never have come home had he not gone to the hog pen. There is real tragedy when one finds himself in the hog pen and doesn’t know where to turn. This is where we as Christians come in. If those people who need restoring know that we know how to help them get back on their Christian journey, it gives them hope they can be restored. We can tell them that God will forgive them and He will rejoice over restoring them. We, who have helped lead them back to God, will be rejoicing also.
      Restoration begins with love. Jesus loves sinners. Let’s do our part in reaching out to the hog pens and rejoice in the restorations that come.
                           Grateful for Restoration,
                           Bro. Gene

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