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ADMONITION of CHRISIANS

October 6, 2016

Thursday

 

Luke 17:3

 

“Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus proceeded from warning against leading people into sin, to the subject of helping those who do fall. The disciple’s responsibility in such cases is twofold: admonition of the sinner, and generous forgiveness of the penitent . The saying implicitly forbids the nursing of grudges and criticism of the offender behind his back.

We tend to think of sin as a singular matter, that which a particular person commits, for which he or she is individually responsible. That is true, but it is not the total picture. The main hinge being the portion “If he repents, forgive him”. And the argument goes on with if he does not repent, do not forgive him. It is not a forgone conclusion that he will repent, necessitating the “if.” However, it is not a forgone conclusion that he will sin against you, either. This is more of a “whenever this happens” instruction from the Lord, and does not necessitate conditional forgiveness.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 27:6

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