“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.”
In this verse Jesus is telling His disciples how they ought to go about dealing with trouble between brethren. He makes it very clear that if someone is to sin against you, you are to go tell him in private. If they listen, them you have won your brother back. This is so applicable to my life because it’s impossible to avoid conflict with others if I’m going to be living with them for the next 7 months. I’ve had instances of this back in Florida where people have wronged me or said something rude and instead of going to them and addressing the problem, I let it fester inside my heart and I turn bitter towards them. I see now how unhealthy and wrong this is, because in the end who is it really hurting? I either need to give that up to the Lord and be at peace or go to that person and address the problem. How much closer can I become with that person if we work those problems out and get a better understanding of each other? No one is perfect, and problems will arise. That’s why its so important to establish a healthy way to approach these issues so we can go about living a healthy, Christ-like life.
I must first go to them alone and address the problem, but if they will not hear me then I am to take one or two more people to witness. If they will still not listen, I am to take that issue to the church. Even then if they will not listen, then the fault is not upon myself and Jesus says to treat them as a stranger, a heathen.
Today I will pray that the Lord continues to work in my heart and guide me in these areas.