Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Matthew 18:15 and 20
[Jesus is saying,] “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. ... For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.”
Words, especially the way words are used, can tear down. Words can hurt. Words can be received in a way that makes people feel small and insignificant.
Words, at the same time, can be used to build up and to encourage. Words can heal. Words can be received in a way that makes people feel grand and important. It is the way words are spoken. It is the choice of words that makes the difference. It is the one in whose presence we are that makes all the difference in the world.
When we are in the presence of God, when we are connected to the reality that Jesus is with us, we will use words differently. We will use words, even when they are used with the intent of correction, when they are used knowing that Jesus is present, the words we use are always intended to build up.
God calls His children to use words to correct, rebuke, and reprove. (2nd Timothy 4:1) And use words wrapped in God's love and mercy. We, as Christians, especially with one another, need to speak the truth in love in order to, as Jesus says, "regain your brother." And remember, wherever two or more of us are gathered in Jesus' name, we are certain He is there guiding our words. Let's pray.
Father God, thank You for Jesus being with us. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who guides our words. Lead us to use our words, even when sin and correction need to happen, that we do it in love. In Jesus' name we pray. And all God's children say...
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.