“(v15)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. ..... (v20)For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
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Of scripture verses, I am bold to say that verses 15 is often ignored and verse 20 is often quoted in the wrong context. This is a part of Jesus' instruction about broken relationships within the Body of Christ. First, it is not to be missed that Jesus expected us to fight with each other and left instructions. When we are sinned against we typically talk to everyone else who will listen and rarely go to the person first. We publically damage a reputation before we have given them the opportunity to ask for and receive forgiveness. The "two or more" verse is thrown around the most when we are counting heads at worship and the "two or more" rule makes us feel better when the numbers are low. It was meant to be directed at those people who actually honor verse 15 and seek reconciliation in a healthy, redemptive way.
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Holy God, may I speak the truth, honor your word, love my brothers and sisters even when doing all three is really hard. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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