“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.”
– Matthew 18:15
It is the will of God that nobody should die in their sins but that all should come to repentance (Matthew 18:14). Even those in the Body of Christ can be in sin. There will be times where they are in sin unintentionally and when they have purposed it in their hearts.
Have we gotten away from correct church instruction? It seems to me that in many circles, the church has become the spiritual police rather than a hospital for sinners. There are times when we can offend others and hurt them. And, there are times when others sin against us and cause us to stumble. In these verses Jesus provides clear instructions on how they are to be dealt with.
When someone has sinned against us or caused us to stumble, Jesus said that we are to go directly to them personally and keep the matter between you and the other person, to keep it private. Why? Because the goal is to win the other person to the Lord, not to win an argument. Our intent and goal should be restoration, not condemnation. “The word restore in Galatians 6:1 is a Greek medical word that means ‘to set a broken bone.’ Think of the patience and tenderness that requires!”
I heard a story about a church member posting something on social media that may or may not have been a little off. Rather than call the person up and get the heart of the matter, the pastor went directly to social media and corrected God’s child, for all the world to see. Apparently, he had forgotten the basics of his calling, as many of us can.
If we are to win souls to Christ and bring souls back to Christ, may we put down our pride and desire to correct all the time in public. It only inflates us at the expense of others faults. If we are to speak the truth in love, we cannot do it with a proud heart. In-order to correct properly we must put on meekness and gentleness ourselves, lest we forget our own faults.
“We must not go about condemning the offender, or spreading gossip. We must lovingly seek to help him in the same way we would want him to help us if the situation were reversed.”
– Warren Wiersbe