March 25, 2017 at 12:08
Amen! Thou shall not execute thy brothers and sisters. That’s not an actual quote, it’s one of those “God said” things. I know because I’ve had to ask a few times, “oh come on Lord, just let me get my hands on them…:)
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March 25, 2017 at 12:56
Thanks IB…it’s been on my mind a bit lately. I’m not sure what that balance between standing firm in the face of questionable things, and letting live and let live is really. Surely there has to be one, though. But, regardless….even if direct confrontation is necessary, restoration is ALWAYS the objective. Casting a brother or sister out from us is never the objective, even if it becomes the only choice. I get that sometimes it may be the only choice, and breaking fellowship with another might be what has to happen. Never first.
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March 25, 2017 at 18:11
Wally, too often we use the two-edged sword on others with malice instead of compassion.
March 25, 2017 at 19:04
So true Fran
Our Lord doesn’t correct us to hurt us….why do we do it to each other?
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March 25, 2017 at 22:04
We’re all still learning; thankful for the Master Teacher.
March 26, 2017 at 06:35
March 25, 2017 at 19:57
Someone once said that the Christian army is the only one that shoots its own wounded…YIKES. Thanks so very much for this one!
March 25, 2017 at 20:03
Ah yeah..that’s a truism for sure and a shame
March 26, 2017 at 08:49
My wife and I were just talking about this very thing a few minutes ago. Grace, of course, is always the right answer but not always the easiest thing.
March 26, 2017 at 09:01
Grace is the answer, and discernment. Restoration should always be the objective, but yet we have to be ready to break fellowship if it comes to that. But, even that should be done in a way that is not hostile.
March 26, 2017 at 12:12
March 26, 2017 at 12:54
Good morning Anna!
March 26, 2017 at 12:15
Definitely restoration. This morning’s sermon was on Ephesians 5:8-14–walking in the light. Paul said to “expose” the deeds of darkness, but the sermon said the purpose is to call for repentance and share forgiveness, not to win a fight. J.
Well said J. Even when we do have to expose and confront, the goal is always to bring the erring one back in to us. Very nice, thanks.
March 26, 2017 at 22:55
Amen we must not shoot our own wounded
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