Monday, July 18, 2016

When Someone Points Out Your Sin

One Christian angrily said to another, "My sin is not your business. You're just as much a sinner as I am."  If someone corrects your sin, and you respond by defensively pointing out that they are sinners, too, it was probably a good thing they pointed out your sin. Granted, some of us are fault finders, but few of us really enjoy correcting someone else who is walking in sin. For most, the only thing less enjoyable than being corrected, is having to correct.

Yet we have to correct brothers and sisters in Christ who are wrong or who are living wrong. That last statement goes counter to this "live and let live" generation in which the greatest sin of the day is to think another person is a sinner, but God says we must correct those who are walking in sin.  Faithful followers of Jesus recognize they are sinners, but they also recognize sin. And, they love God, His truth, and their Christian brothers and sisters enough to speak the truth in love. We are people who are saved by the truth, grow in the truth, and love because of the truth.  So, we love enough to correct when the truth says something is wrong. Here's just some of what God says about it. 

"Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you won't be tempted also." (Gal.6:1)

"Some have rejected these and have suffered the shipwreck of their faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them, and I have delivered them to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme." (1Tim.1:19-20 - concerning those who have rejected the truth of the faith)

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, for every good work." (2Tim.3:16-17)

"My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth and someone turns him back, he should know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins." (James5:19-20)

So, what's your reaction when someone points out your sin?

(The first of a three-part series entitled, "Christian Correction")