|Posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:45 AM|
2 Thessalonians 3:10-15
Love should be our motivation in all ministry, including correcting an unruly brother. But biblical love does not mean being nice all the time. Rather, biblical love seeks the highest good of the one loved, namely, that he might be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. If a person is disobeying God’s commandments, it’s not loving to let him go on without correcting him.
If a doctor knows that his patient has cancer, it isn’t loving to hug him and say, “I love you, man!” Love requires gently telling him the truth with the aim of helping him get better.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.“You who are spiritual” refers to the spiritually mature, who walk in the Spirit and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in their lives (Gal. 5:16, 22, 23).
“Restore” has the idea of bringing healing. The process is to be done with gentleness (a fruit of the Spirit), not with harsh scolding or angry rebuke. And, it must always be done in humility, realizing that you, too, easily could fall into temptation. Don’t come down on the person as if you never sin, but come alongside as a fellow sinner offering help.
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The Body of Christ Responsibility:
But, if an unruly man continued in his ways after all that was mention in first post to help restore him, the final step would be excommunication, in which the church would treat him as an unbeliever.
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
He may not be saved. The gospel promises that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone, but genuine saving faith is never alone according to Eph. 2:8-10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.. When God saves us, He changes our hearts, which inevitably results in changed behavior in obedience to God’s word. A man who doesn’t respond to repeated attempts to correct him may not be genuinely saved.
I stand in agreement with Paul when he told the Corinth church, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:27 It’s easy to grow weary of the difficult task of exhorting an irresponsible brother. They’re often manipulative and deceptive. They try to play off your emotions.
“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good,” because dealing with an unruly, lazy man can be exhausting and frustrating. 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Questions of the Day.
Are you a church hopper? Are you comfortable in sinning?
Does your life reflect that of Christ? Are you about your Father's business? Are being a manipulator? Are preying on other believers kindness? Are you stirring up love or division? Have you taken thought to your works of good and evil?
"Once Saved Always Saved False Doctrine"
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Matthew 22:37-40, Proverbs 14:12
2 Thessalonians 3:10-15, Galatians 6:1, Gal. 5:16, 22, 23, Matthew 18:15-18, Eph. 2:8-10, 1 Corinthians 9:27, Philippians 2:12, 2 Peter 1:10, John 8:11, John 3:17