“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.”
Food For Thought:
This passage of Scripture is an important passage of Scripture about setting things right. I think we all too often handle our issues with other people in unhealthy ways. We gossip, we act caddy, we ignore them, we write them off. Instead, we are told that the best way to handle our difficult situations is to approach that person directly ─ to give them the opportunity to make things right. I have always appreciated people who have had this type of approach to life ─ people who address the problem with the person directly. Today, I pray that you can find peace with some situation in your life that has been causing you angst by going directly to the source. Often times, you will be surprised how often it was a simple mistake not a purposeful act of betrayal.
Holy God, you call us to righteousness and light. Teach us the undivided law of love that we may love your children even as you do; love you with all our will and strength; and find our freedom in this blessed service, taught to us in word and deed by Jesus Christ our Lord. In your holy and sacred name we pray, Amen.