Verse of the Day


"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won a brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or tax collector."

~Matthew 18:15-17


Today's Devotional Thought

August 31, 2010 by Wendy Foreman



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Sinned Against

I am certain that everyone who is reading this devotional today can say that they have been hurt by someone in the church. And when we are hurt, our first reaction often times is not to go to that person and resolve the conflict, but rather it is to maybe gossip about that person or to harbor hatred, anger and resentment. We can even find ourselves seeking revenge.

But, what is Jesus telling us to do in these scriptures?

First, we need to realize that these guidelines are meant for believers. Second, we are to go to that person only for sins that were committed against us. When we realize that the person who sinned against us is not going to resolve the conflict with us and we have also taken others with us, then we are left with the last response which is to bring it before the church. When there is conflict brought before the church, it is not a time for a church trial per se, but a time to help make decisions concerning the conflict in a God guided way and according to His word. When we have to take the conflict before the church, it is also to create harmony among believers and to hold that person accountable and come to a complete resolve.

Having conflict with someone inside the church is difficult, especially when you are on staff or in a form of leadership. We must always remember to spend much time in prayer seeking God’s wisdom and direction when we are faced with needing to address a sin against us. We are to shine the love of Jesus to everyone in our lives and we can only do that when we are full of His love because of a deep meaningful relationship with Him.

If you are facing a difficult time right now with someone in the church or another believer outside of the church I am praying for you. I know it is tough and in our flesh we struggle to want justice, revenge, and sometimes harbor bitterness and anger. God is clear that we must forgive. If we don’t, then it affects every area of our lives including ministry. Pray today for great discernment and that God will guide you in how to resolve the conflict that you are in.


Memorize this verse today:

"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won a brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or tax collector."
~Matthew 18:15-17



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