Matthew 18:15 Point It Out

If your brother sins, go and point out his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won him over. Matthew 18:15

Being told that one is wrong is not something anyone likes to hear. People desire to be told that they are right or doing great.

In America people desire it so much that they require every child to get a winning award, regardless of how badly they perform. In the world’s eyes, no one can really do wrong, it is all a matter of perspective.

Jesus talked about if someone sins, a fellow brother should go a point it out in a private conversation.

The world is not the only ones who do not like to be told that they are wrong, many believers are the same way. When someone points out a sin in someone else, everyone is quick to say that no one is to judge others. This is not judging, but just pointing out a fault that needs to be dealt with.

True love will let another person know when there is something dangerous occurring. Sin is a dangerous act. It separates one from God and mars the witness.

If one sees another sinning and does nothing about it, he is showing hatred for that person. He is wanting the person to die in his sins and go to eternal punishment in hell.

Jesus wants His followers to love the person enough to point out the sin and to guide him back onto the path God has for him. The action of pointing out that sin is to be done in love, mercy and grace, just as God does with every believer. Doing this will build a person up in Jesus and not allow him to fall away.

As a believer someone else may see a sin in you and approach you about it. Do not take offense to the approach, but hear it and learn from it. Draw closer to God by changing your ways.

At the same time do not fear helping another believer who is stepping into sin. Keep your words full of God’s love, mercy and grace, but point out faults to help them grow more like Jesus and closer to God.

Do not use the situation or action to condemn or judge the person’s salvation, but only to build them up in Jesus.

Today I pray that God will reveal faults in your life; that you will change to be more like Jesus; that you will reveal faults in others with God’s love, mercy and grace; and that you will work to build others up in Jesus.

Matthew 17:5 Listen To Him

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

Hearing someone speak is easy to do. Everywhere a person goes he can hear other people talking. Just because he hears a person talking does not necessarily mean that he understands what it being talked about or that he even cares about what is being said. Most of what people hear goes in one ear and out the other, it is ignored.

While up on mountain with Jesus, some disciples were with Him and a bright cloud covered them. God spoke out of the cloud telling them to emphatically listen to Jesus.

Listening takes hearing to a whole new level. It is much more than just hearing words. It is understanding and following those words. It is carefully paying attention to what is being said and putting into practice what is being said.

Jesus taught many things about how to live life on this earth and how to please God. Many believers have heard these words, but never attempt to put them into practice. Or they do not understand what He said. They are not really listening.

To follow Jesus means that one will leave his past behind and become someone very different. This is not a option, as many think and act like it is. In order to be different, one has to emphatically listen to what Jesus says and then apply it his life. It is no longer about self, but about pleasing God.

Later when Jesus left the earth He sent the Holy Spirit to remind His followers of what He said and to guide them in how to live that way. Every believer still needs to listen to Him.

As a believer, you have probably heard many things that Jesus said, whether by reading it in the Bible or hearing it preached. Do not allow those words to just go in one ear and out the other, but actually emphatically listen to what is being said.

Allow Jesus to change you into a new creation by His word abiding in your heart and life. Take time every day and throughout every day to meditate and think about what Jesus has said.

Are you hearing or listening to Jesus? You need to listen to Him!

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear Jesus speaking into your life; that you will listen to what God is saying; and that you will apply God’s word to your life.

Matthew 16:23 Don’t Be A Stumbling Block

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

In every business or organization there are leaders at the top that see the bigger, long-term picture of the organization. They are able to see what steps are needed in order to accomplish their task or goal.

With every goal there are some steps that will be difficult and may even appear to be ridiculous to have to take. Yet, though steps are required to reach the goal. In the organization there will be some who will try to keep from having to take those difficult steps.

Jesus had just told the disciples that He would have to be killed. Peter rebuked Him. Jesus rebukes Peter because he was being a stumbling block, not do what God wants, but what self wants.

Walking with God will require that one gets all of his instructions from God as to what to do and where to walk. In the process of moving forward with God, there will be times when God has a person walk through an extremely difficult situation. It may be one that could risk one’s life or even take it.

It is easy for people to want to back down and not follow God through it, but that is keeping the world’s ways of living, not God’s. To walk with God will require that one lay’s down his own life to be concerned with what God is concerned about. It is sacrificing self’s desires for those of God.

In this life, a believer may lose his life following God, but in the end he will have eternal life, just as Jesus did.

There may be times when God will call you to do a extremely difficult task. Instead of being like Peter and trying to do it a different way, becoming a stumbling block, be willing to do what God says.

The desires of self and the things of this world are all temporary and will pass away. What God does is always with eternity in mind, lasting forever.

Be careful that you do not allow yourself to become a stumbling block to others or to God, but following God’s ways of living. Do the work and walk the path God calls you to do and walk. Don’t be a stumbling block and have God rebuke you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God calls you to do; that you will walk the path God calls you to walk; and that you will be concerned about what God is concerned about.