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.
Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21
Bildad speaks again to Job about the fate of an evil person. Through the entire eighteenth chapter he speaks of various torments, sufferings, and tortures that an evil man will go through because he does not know God. He points out that one who does not know God will dwell in a life being judged by God. His statements imply that Job was living an evil life because of all the suffering he is going through.
People are very quick to judge a person when they are going through a tough time in life. Often those judgements are on how they had lived or choices that they had made, which brought them into the situation that they are now in. Both those in the world and those in the church bring these types of judgements upon a person very quickly.
One common example of this is with a homeless person on the street. They see the person as worthless, lazy and unwilling to work. The situation may be that he was laid off from an already low-paying job and was evicted from his house because of no payments, and was unable to get another job. These are no faults of his own. He may be a hard worker, but just can’t find a new job to get started again.
Jesus had to deal with this type of thinking when the disciples asked him who sinned that a man would be born blind. Jesus pointed out that it was for the glory of God that he was blind, not because of sin.
Be careful on how you judge why a person may be going through a tough time in life. Yes, it may be because of sin in their life. But at the same time the possibility is that it could be a time of God’s testing and proving a person is living a righteous life.
Take a full look at your own and their life and see what you see. Do you see fruit of God’s work in their life? Then God is at work proving them, not punishing or correcting them.
What is God doing in your life? Proving or correcting you?
I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will live a life like Jesus; and that you will be His witness in this world.