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Matthew 18:15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense.”
As noted in yesterday’s reading, Matthew 18:15-20 provides a lot of wisdom in how to respond when another follower of Jesus sins against you. But there are still some challenges to apply the context of this passage well. For example, what if somebody says something to you which you believe to be disrespectful? Did they sin against you or were they just having a bad day? When exactly does a bad attitude cross the line from general crankiness to sin.
It’s a good question. And unfortunately, the Scriptures aren’t always crystal clear as to when this line gets crossed.
There are two principles to consider. First, this passage is intended for Christians. As such, if the other party isn’t a Christian, there may be a different process to follow. And second, if somebody treats you or talks to you in a manner that you find disrespectful and you allow it to go on, you’re educating them that’s it’s OK to speak to you disrespectfully. So even if you’re not 100% certain they’ve sinned against you, love yourself by teaching others how to speak well to you.
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 18:15-20 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: What is your responsibility when it comes to teaching others how to speak to you in a way that is kind and respectful? How well are you currently following through on your responsibility?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Are you doing too much?Practice slowing down and living life at the pace of your soul by utilizing the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today’s reading challenges me because I rarely think about what my responsibility is when it comes to ensuring others speak to me in a way that is kind and respectful. Today, I pray that I speak kindly and respectfully to others (and about others), and I pray for wisdom and discernment regarding what steps I can take to ensure others speak to me and about me with the same level of kindness and respect. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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