Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

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.” vs. 15

Matthew 18:15-17

Because life in our world is both good and broken, humans have had to deal with the matter of forgiveness from the beginning. Certainly it was at the center of Jesus’ ministry and he regularly offered unconditional forgiveness to the sinners that crowded around him. Through the centuries people have grown accustomed to hearing forgiveness announced in worship – in general we know that God’s forgiveness is a central part of the good news. A problem arises however in our interactions with others. What we gladly receive from God we are more reluctant to extend to others, especially if the wounds are fresh and deep. This happens again and again in our relationships with family and friends, and very often in our congregations. Often the damage is done unintentionally and sometimes we won’t even know what we’ve done. Jesus told his disciples that the first step in healing must be taken by the one who has been hurt. We don’t gossip or report the offense to others, but engage the offending party directly. This is never easy, but it’s really the best way to achieve reconciliation. Done properly, without a lot of drama, it gives opportunity for pardon and forgiveness…and relationships are restored. And it’s a must for healthy marriages!

Thought for the Day: How well has this process worked for me?


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