If I had my way I’d ignore it. Why get involved? Why risk a friendship? Well, that’s what most of us are doing. But guess what? The Scriptures do not afford that comfortable option:
“ Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:1, 2).
We are instructed in Scripture to :
- Clean up our own lives before dealing with another’s sin : “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 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” (Matt. 7:1-5).
- Pray for wayward believers : “ If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that ” (I Jn. 5:16).
- Rescue doubters : “ Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh” (Jude 1:22, 23).
- Confront those who have sinned against us : “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you . If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he 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 he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” (Matt. 18:15-17).
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill