«Church Discipline Run Amuck! The Two Matthew 18 Formulas In Light of the Love Commandments By Rev. Kevin S. Johnson Jesus in Matthew 18: 15-18 If ...»
A Call Away From Pettiness And Subjectivism Jesus told us to “major in the majors and minor in the minors” when he said that the Pharisees “strained at gnats and swallowed camels” and that “tithing mint dill and cumin” was not as weighty as matters of the law and justice. This means we are not to be petty and self-serving in what we perceive as an affront tom our persons.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and
dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law:
justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” — Matthew 23:23 The Apostle Paul said that we should not allow other people’s conscience to be our judge “I mean not your own conscience, but the other man's; for why is my freedom judged by another's conscience?” —The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:29 When someone has committed a real sin as opposed to a “perceived sin” it should be one that can be clearly shown to be a sin according to Scripture. Just because someone was perceived by you to be rude to you doesn’t automatically give a you a “hunting permit” to judge him and go after him. It may be that you misperceived the supposed insult! You may actually be wrong in not being obedient to Jesus in John 13:34: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one” another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” And the Apostle Peter in 1Peter 4:8: “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.” Love is defined in 1 Corinthians 13:5 this way: “Love does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered... ” Does not take into account a wrong suffered? WOW! If everyone was obedient to this commandment to love, what a wonderful world this would be. How many perceived insults and “putdowns” that torment people and foster grudges and foment bitterness would be avoided! Self-inflicted hurt that leads to hurting others would be rare. The children of God should be known as big hearted people not a small narrow and petty people!
In this area, as in all areas of life, the Bible should be our sole rule of faith and practice. And rather than cherry-picking verses in a cynical effort to advance our arguments, we need to follow the WHOLE counsel of God, obeying the biblical command to “rightly divide the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15).
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