Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What's holding you back?

Matt 18:15-18 - "If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the fault. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If that person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. If the church decides you are right, but the other person won't accept it, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.

This is the procedure for confronting someone who has sinned against us. In my experience with this concept, two things amaze me: (1) how well it works (2) how few followers of Christ actually practice it. What is it in us that just wants to gossip and go to other people to take care of the things that are our responsibilities? When I am tempted to go down that road (the low road, for sure), I am operating in fear and selfishness. What causes you to ignore this biblical command that helps so much in personal relationships? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment.

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