March 10, 2024

Jesus Teaches How To Treat A Believer Who Sins

Matthew 18: 15-20

15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[e] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[f] loosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”


Today’s word has shown me that I should do all I can to reconcile with my brother or sister in Christ when I am in conflict with him or her.  I understand that holding a grudge, gossiping or remaining  angry is not the way Jesus wants me to handle disagreements.


I will apply the steps of reconciliation as Jesus instructed and then forgive as he further instructs.  More importantly, I will have to pray and trust him to do as he instructed.


Jesus, I thank you for all your blessings and I know you said to forgive as we are forgiven, but Lord some people are honestly difficult to forgive, please increase my faith and help me to walk in obedience to you.  Bless our leaders to help us on this journey.  Amen