A CONVERSATION OR A CONFRONTATION
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him what he did without other people hearing it. If he listens to you, you have won your brother back again. Matthew 18:15 NLT
But if he will not listen to you, take one or two other people with you. Every word may be remembered by the two or three who heard. If he will not listen to them, tell the trouble to the church. Matthew 18:16-17 NLT
You have heard that men were told long ago, ‘You must not kill another person. If someone does kill, he will be guilty and will be punished for his wrong-doing.’ Matthew 5:21 NLT
But I tell you that whoever is angry with his brother will be guilty and have to suffer for his wrong-doing. Whoever says to his brother, ‘You have no brains,’ will have to stand in front of the court. Whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be sent to the fire of hell. Matthew 5:22 NLT
In order to connect with God, they had to make things right with God.
If you take your gift to the altar and remember your brother has something against you... Matthew 5:23 NLT
...leave your gift on the altar. Go and make right what is wrong between you and him. Then come back and give your gift. Matthew 5:24 NLT
Why should you go?
Before making things right with God, you have to make things right with others.
When should you go?
When you've been wronged, you take the first step.
When you've wronged, you take the first step.
How should you go?
You make it right by confessing you were wrong and repent.
When you've been wronged, you take the first step - forgive.
When you've wronged, you take the first step - repent.
Three Steps to Repentance:
*take full responsibility for your wrong
*make no excuses for your behavior
*layout a plan for your change
Reconciliation requires us to turn a confrontation into a conversation.
How to go: immediately, directly, humbly
Making peace with others clears the path to peace with God.