“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.”
My first thought is how much I hate it when someone points out my faults! I hate making mistakes, especially when those mistakes hurt or offend someone else. I get embarrassed and angry with myself, and I vow to change. When we really mess up and someone calls us on it, we all respond differently depending on the situation and the relationship with the person who pointed it out. What’s your reflexive response? Do you get defensive and try to show how it really wasn’t wrong what you did? Do you get evasive and seek ways to get out of the conversation or change the subject? Do you go on the attack and name all the ways your accuser has messed up? Do you admit your mistake, apologize, and try to do better? Every week in worship we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. One goal of that weekly ritual is to make us ready to do the same when we sin against one another.
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