The life of Jesus. Read Today: Instructions on church discipline; Matthew 18:15-20
15 And if your brother does wrong to you, go, make clear to him his error between you and him in private: if he gives ear to you, you have got your brother back again.
16 But if he will not give ear to you, take with you one or two more, that by the lips of two or three witnesses every word may be made certain.
17 And if he will not give ear to them, let it come to the hearing of the church: and if he will not give ear to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-farmer.
So simple a thing to do. How many relationships could be repaired if these simple steps were taken. But they are not, and friends part and feelings are hurt. Worse yet, marriages crumble because of things like this.
If we could only learn to go to those who hurt us and ask to reconcile. And when someone does come to you to reconcile, not to rear back in horror and say 'no way, you have hurt me so much!'
Read for next time: Peter's question about forgiveness; Matthew 18:21-35
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