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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Dear Colleagues,

WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL APPROACH TO CONFRONTING SIN IN BELIEVERS ? (Part #3 of 3)1

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In the previous two “Facts,” we (1) made the point that the Scriptures are replete with examples of confrontations over sinful activity, and (2) we asked the question, “How do we go about confronting and restoring erring believers?” Our first point was that Jesus’ confrontation of the church at Ephesians was done with love and with the goal of restoration. We continue:

Second, encouragement preceded correction : I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false…You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary…But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate” (Rev. 2:2, 3, 6)

Third, Christ openly and concisely stated the problem : Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place ” (Rev. 2:4, 5) ,

Fourth, He told them how to be restored : Remember your past, repent of your error, and return to your best: “ Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place” (Rev. 2:5).

Fifth, Christ clearly laid out the consequences if they did not obey : “If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place” (Rev. 2:5).

Sixth, He wrote with the expectation that they would respond positively : He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7).

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

1Used by permission of Dr. Richard Mayhue

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