CONFRONT THE SIN PROPERLY                                 Matthew 18:15-17

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. (v15)

(3) We need to understand a third fundamental aspect. We must confront the sin properly. In Matthew 18:15, Jesus said, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

It has become common to emphasize the therapeutic  benefits of forgiveness. I do not deny the therapeutic benefits of forgiving another, but forgiveness is not just about me. Jesus did not forgive us for His sake, but for ours! Although forgiveness benefits me in a lot of ways, it’s about “gaining” my brother, the one who wronged me, to bring him back to spiritual health.

Several passages give us a handle on how we should approach a shinning brother and how best to go about a speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15) (4) We should do it privately, not publicly. “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you (Matthew 18:15) We should do it humbly and repentantly, not arrogantly and self-righteously, How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye (Matthew 7:45) We should do it gently. “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently” (Gal 6:1) (ODB)

PRAYER LINE: Father, forgive me for my pride and for so often thinking I know best. Give me a humble heart that is willing to follow Your way in everything.

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Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.

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