When Should I Confront Another's Sin?

Values, Purpose, and Definitions of Love. Evidence versus Gossip

Many disputes are resolved by overlooking an offense in love.

  1. Keep God's unity and peace as much as possible (Ephesians 4).
  2. Overlook offenses (Proverbs 19:11).
  3. Drop the matter (Proverbs 17: 14).
  4. Cover a sin with love (1 Peter 4:8).
  5. Bear with one another (Ephesians 4:2).
  6. Don't take another Christian to court (1Corinthians 6)
  7. Forgive as God forgave you (Colossians 3:13).

There are offenses that should be addressed.

When a Christians' offense against God, self or others, cannot be overlooked, it's dividing the members within the Body of Christ and/or significant enough to warrant help to overcome their sin, God's Word tells us to care for that person.

  1. Take the Log out of Your Eye, First (Matthew 7:1-5)
  2. Go to your brother (Matthew 5:23-24).
  3. Go show them their fault (Matthew 18:15-20).
  4. Rebuke them (Luke 17:3).
  5. Restore them (Galatians 6:1-3).
  6. Don't be partial (1 Timothy 5:19-21).

During PeaceMakers' biblical reconciliation process in establishing God's Word, evidence and information will be presented to clarify issues. Scripture, evidence, information and reconciliation ARE NOT to condemn, blame or judge another. The purpose for a Biblical process is that all scripture, evidence and information will lead to the teaching and correction concerning all parties and issues needing to be reconciled. "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

PeaceMakers representatives will act as witnesses (establishing: God's Word, issues and responses), mediators (interacting with all parties toward reconciliation), and/or judges to bring peace to unresolved principles, issues, and repententent/unrepentent. Therefore, evidence that is a factual account specific to issues agreed to be addressed by the PeaceMakers' agreement, (verbal) witnessed by two or more and/or inclusive of e.g., two or more instances of a similar/same sin issue witnessed by a different party on different occasions, and single witness of doctrinal error, (Numbers 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19; Hebrews 10:28) written (original or electronically reproduced) or electronic (audio/video), may be presented. Evidence received requires a decision by PeaceMakers according to biblical principles.

Gossip, (see "Building UP vs Gossip) will NOT be heard nor reviewed.

Your reconciliation process may uncover additional issues that need addressing. PeaceMakers will attempt to reach agreement to resolve those issues within the current reconciliation process.

Don't be afraid of false accusations and false witnesses and those possibly intending you harm:

(Joseph speaking): "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" (Genesis 50:19-20).

(David speaking): "It may be that the Lord will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today" (2 Samuel 16:12).

(Jesus Christ speaking): "For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them" (Matthew 18:20).

Warning: God considers gossip, slander, backbitting, meddling, false accusations, false witnessing a grave violation of His Holiness and imposes grave punishment for such actions (Exodus 23:1-8; Deuteronomy 19:18-21; Proverbs 6:12-19; 12:17-23; 14:5-11; 19:5, 9; 21:28-31; 1 Corthians 6:10; 2 Corthians 12:20).

You may also benefit from reading these following helps...

  • Focusing Your Dispute
  • When to Meet
  • Biblical Principles In Reconciling Broken Relationships
  • Eight Steps to Biblical Forgivness
  • Checking Your Heart
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