What You'll Discover in this Episode:
Conflicts of Sin
In our continued study of conflict resolution, Pastor Jeff and Jennie Christianson focus on the topic of conflict regarding sinfulness. We are going to consider the third passage where the bible gives specific instruction for dealing with conflicts of sinfulness - Matthew 18. The Matthew 18 attempt, is to win an erring brother, not to publicly expose or shame him.
Note that different approaches to issues of sin need to be taken in different situations. Sometimes there is a direct approach needed, other times it will need to be handled with words of respect that are slow to point directly at the person. Nevertheless, it is only the Holy Spirit who can bring conviction of Sin.
Love seeks to cover sin, not to prematurely expose the person. We are there to win a brother, not to: expose him, humiliate him in front of others, try to make things easier on yourself, or to manipulate him into giving you what you want, and not to extract personal vengeance upon him. It is not a spiritual gift to bring condemnation to another brother.
We can never lose sight of the purpose of the confrontation - to win our brother.
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