Last week’s devotional focused on the importance of church and recognizing that many Christians struggle with going to church.
Often one of the reasons sited is due to “church hurts”. Relationship issues by the people of the church. The situation hurts too much or seems unsolvable so the victim party leaves that particular church.
The problem is, many people who leave a church due to ‘church hurt’ then don’t find a new church. The idea of finding a different church becomes daunting. And the risk of being hurt again is too great.
Friends, how can we let that happen?
Our brothers and sister’s souls are at stake. Let us not allow petty arguments and differing opinions get in the way of spiritual growth and maturity.
Yes, we are called to hold each other accountable but this is to be done with their best interest in mind. Not out of our own pride and sense of piousness.
Church discipline is to be with the focus of keeping God’s truth. And truth is to be shared gently and in love.
This is certainly a difficult task because we are not to allow our brothers and sisters to be lead astray by their sins. But we need to meet them where they are first so that we don’t turn them away completely.
Take the time to read the below bible scriptures and truly focus on what they are saying to you. Some passages may touch you differently than others. Writing down the verses in your own hand is helpful for some individuals. Possibly looking up the verses in your own bible may be beneficial. I use a NIV bible translation. Or reading them over and over to commit to memory. Whatever method works best for you to experience God’s words and feel closer to Him.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
2 Corinthians 2:7-8
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
“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. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
I pray that this post helps you to understand the importance of holding your brothers and sister’s in Christ accountable for their actions but doing so in love and truth.
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