Restoring Relationships (Luke 17:3-4)

“I am warning you! If another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repeats, forgive him. Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4

To rebuke does not mean to point out every sin we see; it means to bring sin to a person’s attention with the purpose of restoring him or her to God and to fellow humans. When you feel that you must rebuke another Christian for a sin, check your attitudes before you speak. Do you love that person? Are you willing to forgive? Unless rebuke is tied to forgiveness, it will not help the sinning person.

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