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Matthew 18:15-20 is a passage many will turn to to remind themselves how to confront somebody in both grace and truth. While this is a great passage on the topic, the verses preceding it are equally important.
Matthew 18:12-14 reads, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”
The fact that Matthew has this passage flow directly into another one about confronting those who have committed a sin — it isn’t a coincidence. The purpose of confronting somebody who has sinned against you isn’t to scold or criticize them, it is to healthily bring them back to the body of believers. Yes, there are truths to be spoken. But there is also tremendous grace, and a desire to invite them back into the unity of the body of Christ.
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: Can you think of a time when you have seen this passage lived out well? How did it lead to a stronger relationship between the people involved?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I am more interested in being right than I am interested in being gracious. Once again, I pray that you will continue to help me see the fullness of grace You have shown me. Change the head-knowledge I have of Your grace and make it heart-knowledge, so that others may see Your heart in and through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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