When a Christian leader fails—we’re called on to forgive and to restore. But what about “reinstating?”
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We often confuse forgiveness of a person with restoration of the person. And there’s a third category when it comes to leadership: reinstatement to ministry.
Forgiveness is an instant. Restoration is a process.
But reinstatement? . . . an even longer process.
Paul writes to Timothy about the role of elders and deacons and overseers—and how they should walk in righteousness—careful about what’s been entrusted to them.
It’s one thing to forgive a person, which can be immediate.
It’s another thing to restore that person which may take months, or even years. And quite another matter to reinstate a person to a position of leadership.
All three are important, but they must be fulfilled in their own appropriate ways.