Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Tell and Told

December 10

“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”  Matthew 18:15

“… the self esteem cult races to become the fastest growing faction of our fraction.”




Though often expendable to us, healthy relationships are a priority to GOD; and every one of them is important to HIM.  Whether personal or corporate, maximum prayer and humility must be employed to mend, and maintain, a wholesome spirit among us.  “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head …”  There is, in our text verse, the tale of two; the ‘teller’, and the ‘tellee’.  Without a gracious boldness by the former, and a humble honesty on the part of the latter, the fault between them tremors until the relation breaks apart.  “But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against CHRIST.”  Every hint of fray between brethren in CHRIST poses a similar tear in the topsoil of our relationship with the LORD.  “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”  In a nutshell, it is not possible Biblically, to be wrong with another Christian, and at the same time, be right with CHRIST.

“Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”  Regarding these supernatural commands laid down by the LORD to HIS disciples, they rightly responded: “Lord, Increase our faith.”  There is, in the Church today, a capricious spirit of accountability which jettisons the principles of Matthew chapter 18, and like passages, in favor of personal excommunication.  We, unlike the disciples, have fractionalized ourselves to the point where the least common denominator in ecclesiastical relations is: ‘1’.  To top that, we have further discovered the difficulty of now getting along even with our own selves.  Whole new frontiers of ministry have sprung up as the tribe of the Egomites seeks to get in touch with themselves; and the self esteem cult races to become the fastest growing faction of our fraction.  If we choose to in pride, we can create a utopia of our own; but rest assured in your self imposed isolation, that even the LORD HIMSELF will not be by to visit.   

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as CHRIST forgave you, so also do ye.”

For Love of Country
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
(American Poet)
"A baby is GOD'S opinion that the world should go on."

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