Posts Tagged ‘Matthew 18:15’

If he shall hear

May 10, 2016

matthew-1815_3431_1600x1200The Verse of the Day for May 10, 2016 is found in Matthew 18:15 (KJV):

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.

In any attempt to heal a broken relationship that may have been the result of an offense, whether deliberate or unknowingly committed, Jesus Christ encourages his followers to go the individual who caused the offense and confront the person and bring the offense to his or her attention. If the person hears you, then you have reconciled the relationship. The key to success lies in the conditional phrase, “If he shall hear. . .” indicating the possibility that the person will not hear.

Earlier in Matthew, the Disciples ask the Lord Jesus why he speaks in parables, and he responds:

Matthew 13:13

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

His response indicates that people can hear and yet not hear, personalized and poetically put this way:

Those who have eyes to see will behold the real me.

Those who don’t, won’t.

Those with ears to hear will also hear me.

Without ears to hear, they will not hear me.

Today’s Verse of the Day also brings to mind the Verse of the Day for May 6, 2016 which centered on James 5:16 (KJV), a parallel verse related to confessing our faults one to another:

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The previous blog post also discussed Matthew 18:15. Here is an excerpt from that entry:

In examining the Matthew 18:15, what does it mean to “tell him his fault”? A similar phrase used in James 5:16 is also translated . . .”to confess to one another your trespasses . . . your offenses . . . your sins.” To confess is to say with one’s mouth. . .

With our mouths we acknowledge our shortcomings, our misdeeds, our sins of omission and sins of commission. We acknowledge that in far too many instances we have missed the mark and fallen short. I John 1:9 in the Amplified Bible assures us that:

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

In a similar manner, as we learn to value and steward our relationships, first and foremost with God, as we confess our sins, we also acknowledge our faults one to another and seek to heal any broken relationships with our fellow believers.

Ephesians 4:29-32 (NLT) offer this exhortation

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, [a] guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Matthew West expresses the essence of today’s comments in the song: “Forgiveness.”

Confess your faults and be healed

May 6, 2016

James_5-16
The Verse of the Day for yesterday, May 5, 2016, the National Day of Prayer, emphasized the power of prayer on a corporate level, as groups of individuals focused on the powerful words of 2 Chronicles 7:14. This conditional sentence indicates that if the people of God will meet certain conditions, God will respond and heal their land. The Verse of the Day for today, May 6, 2016, however, looks at the powerful effects of praying for one another on an individual level, as expressed in James 5:16 (KJV):

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Here is how the New Living Translation renders the verse:

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

We find a parallel verse related to confessing our faults one to another in Matthew 18:15 (KJV):

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.

Take a look at the New Living Translation:

If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.

In examining the verses found in James and Matthew, we ask, what does it mean to “tell him his fault” or “point out the offense”? Similar expressions are also translated “to confess to one another your trespasses . . . your offenses . . . your sins.” To confess is to say with one’s mouth.

With our mouths we acknowledge our shortcomings, our misdeeds, our sins of omission and sins of commission. We acknowledge that in far too many instances we have missed the mark and fallen short. 1 John 1:9 in the Amplified Bible assures us that:

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

In a similar manner, as we learn to value and steward our relationships, first and foremost with God, as we confess our sins, we also acknowledge our faults one to another and seek to heal any broken relationships with our fellow believers.

Ephesians 4:29-32 offer this exhortation:

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

I recall lyrics” which are addressed first to God and then to others in this original song:

Please Forgive Me

For each careless word and each thoughtless deed,
For each time I failed to follow your lead,
Each time I ignored you and went astray.
And let go your hand and walked my own way.

Please forgive me.
Please forgive me.
Please forgive me.
Please forgive me.
Please forgive me this time.
Please forgive me each time.
Please forgive me.

Though I may have offended unknowingly,
I give up my right to hurt you because you hurt me.
As God in Christ Jesus has forgiven me,
I release all past hurts, and I set you free.

I forgive you.
I forgive you.
I forgive you
I forgive you.
I forgive you this time.
I forgive you each time.
I forgive you.

God first gave to us so that we might live.
We give to others when we learn to forgive.
Jesus, our example so perfect and true,
Said, “Father forgive them; they know not what they do.”

I forgive you.
I forgive you.
I forgive you
I forgive you.
I forgive you this time.
I forgive you each time.
I forgive you.

Do not resist Him; He wants you to yield.
Accept His forgiveness, and you will be healed.
Each sin committed, each iniquity
Is cast into the depths of the deepest sea.

God forgives you.
God forgives you.
God forgives you
God forgives you.
God forgives you this time.
God forgives you each time.
God forgives you.

Oscar Paris closes this blog entry with a beautiful musical reminder to “Forgive one another”:

Confess your faults

May 10, 2014

Matthew-18 15

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 KJV

The Verse of the Day for May 10, 2014 brings to mind the Verse of the Day for May 6, 2014 which centered on James 5:16, a parallel verse related to confessing our faults one to another:

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

In examining the Matthew 18:15, what does it mean to “tell him his fault”? A similar phrase used in James 5:16 is also translated  “. . .to confess to one another your trespasses . . . your offenses . . . your sins.” To confess is to say with one’s mouth.

With our mouths we acknowledge our shortcomings, our misdeeds, our sins of omission and sins of commission. We acknowledge that in far too many instances we have missed the mark and fallen short. I John 1:9 in the Amplified Bible assures us that:

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

In a similar manner, as we learn to value and steward our relationship first and foremost with God, as we confess our sins, we also acknowledge our faults one to another and seek to heal any broken relationships with our fellow believers.

Ephesians 4:29-32 offer this exhortation:

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Oscar Paris closes this blog entry with a beautiful musical reminder to “Forgive one another”: