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. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew, Chapter 18, verses 15-18.
God doesn’t want us to give up on people easily, but we are to follow a progression from approaching them privately to publicly, if necessary. First, we are to have a confidential talk with the person who is going down the wrong path. If that doesn’t work, we are to get others to help. It reminds me of something that I’ve seen on TV where loved ones gather together for an “Intervention” to tell a drug user that they need to go through drug rehab for their sake and all those who care about them. If that doesn’t work, we are to turn to the church for support to confront this person. If nothing works, we have to cut our losses, disassociating ourselves from that person so that we don’t inadvertently get caught up in their lifestyle.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew, Chapter 18, verses 19-20.
This reminds me of the saying: Two heads are better than one. Well, in this passage two people praying are better than one and it’s a situation of: the more the merrier. So when I’m concerned about someone’s health, I call my church’s prayer chain and raise my hand during the Joys and Concerns portion of the church service.Of course, God answers prayers in whatever way He determines is best. Sometimes it isn’t always the way we had hoped things would turn out. Although it may be difficult to understand, I ultimately need to have faith in God’s decisions and timing for everything.
And while He yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss? When they which were about Him saw what would follow, they said unto Him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And He touched his ear, and healed him. Luke, Chapter 22, verses 47-51.
I don’t know if I could do something nice like heal a person who was part of a plot to kill me. I’ve been known to remember situations for over twenty years where someone has been rude or hurtful to me, yet I am dependent on Jesus’ forgiving nature. If He remembered all my sins the same way I have harbored resentments toward others, there’s no way I would ever make it to heaven. He forgives me over and over, even when I don’t deserve His forgiveness. He is there loving me when I find it difficult to love myself. I’m so fortunate to have Jesus as my Savior and Redeemer.
I write these things and find I’m very two-faced. I say things like Savior and Redeemer in my writing and realize that I would never be caught dead saying these things in public. I think that’s because I don’t want to sound like a religious fanatic to others. I might say that I love Jesus, but that’s usually as far as my profession of faith goes. I need to pay attention because I could be faced with Jesus saying, “I love Debbie, but I can’t allow her to have Salvation because she is afraid to risk the condemnation of others. She is afraid that if she says I’m her Savior and Redeemer, others will think she is a religious fanatic! What a shame. She had such potential, but if she can’t acknowledge Me, I don’t feel obliged to acknowledge her. Such a shame!”
Actually, this reminds me about the passage I had just written where Simon Peter denied Jesus three times. Well, Simon Peter still received Salvation, because he learned from his mistakes and realized how terrible it was that he had denied Jesus. Simon Peter turned his life around where he became someone who readily proclaimed his love for Jesus. Now I need to be able to do the same. I need to turn my life around and not hide behind my fear of what people will think of me. I’m still very weak in this area and need to ask that God gives me the willingness to let Him guide my actions and my words, now and always, not just when it’s comfortable.
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