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O Brother Matthew 18:15-20 . To properly understand God’s rules for restoring relationships, there are certain rules of thumb that safeguard us in the proper understanding of any biblical text. Read the text, do not read into the text.

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o brother matthew 18 15 20

O BrotherMatthew 18:15-20

To properly understand God’s rules for restoring relationships, there are certain rules of thumb that safeguard us in the proper understanding of any biblical text.

Read the text, do not read into the text.

You cannot properly understand a text until your understand the context.

A text may have several applications but there is only one correct interpretation.

When His disciples were arguing about which among them would be the greatest in God’s Kingdom, Jesus showed them that we must have the humility of a child and the heart of a shepherd. He taught that restoring relationships was His concern, and He gave us the proper principles in the Bible.

1.The Proper Claim. An offended party must have a proper claim, reaching a certain level, in order to make a complaint between believers. If there is sin, the Scriptures are the final authority. If not, then the differences are of opinions, personalities or preferences, and do not constitute a proper claim. If the offender is a non-believer, then an appeal to their conscience may be made.

2. The Proper Procedure. If someone is sinned against by another Christian, the offended party is to go privately to the offender to discuss the problem. They are not to ask others for information, to pray, fast, or otherwise intercede. The emphasis is on reconciliation.

3. The Proper Persons. If a Christian rejects reconciliation from the offended believer, the offended Christian is to take one or more fellow Christians (presumably unbiased) to address the concern. If the matter is not resolved, they are to escalate the problem to the church, which will address the issue. If the Christian still refuses to correct their sin, they are to be treated as an unbeliever.

4. The Proper Persons. If a Christian rejects reconciliation from the offended believer, the offended Christian is to take one or more fellow Christians (presumably unbiased) to address the concern. If the matter is not resolved, they are to escalate the problem to the church, which will address the issue. If the Christian still refuses to correct their sin, they are to be treated as an unbeliever.

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