9/2/20

Our scripture this week is Matthew 18:15-20.

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.

Jesus said the church has a role to play in the disagreements we face. It was His intent that His followers be the voice of reason in the disputes of the world. We are called to help those in conflict find a way to peacefully resolve their differences.

This can be a difficult and sometimes dangerous undertaking. Jesus knew the risk we face when we get involved, but Jesus came to get involved and teach us to do likewise. Our efforts to make a difference in the world are part of our task as the disciples of today.

We can’t save ourselves by doing good, rather doing good is our response to being saved by Christ’s love. When we treat others as Jesus did, we show the world His love as a living, breathing act of sharing. Hear His call on your life today and go to do His will!

Loving Lord, we are Your people, responsible to You and each other for our actions. Help us to be good representatives of Your love, sharing the joy of our relationship with You to all the world. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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