Do I Say Something? (Part 1)

Author: Naomi Zylstra — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: June 22, 2020

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Do I Say Something? (Part 1)

The lifelong question: “When do I confront someone about a sin I’ve noticed?” As Christians, the gospel of Jesus should always carry our conversations when we confront others about sin, allowing us to extend the same grace and forgiveness we have been given. With that in mind, here are some truths to keep in mind when weighing the situation. First, remember final judgment is God’s and God’s alone. Because of this, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 5 that we have no business judging those outside of the church. But we are called to confront our brothers and sisters in Christ when they are in unrepentant sin. Second, ask, “What is my relationship to this person?” If you feel you need to confront a believer about sin patterns in their life, consider your relationship with them. It’s often best to reserve confrontations for Christians you know well. Otherwise, you may be missing important information about what is going on. Third, ask, “Is anyone in immediate danger?” Seeing your friend being disrespectful to his parents has a different urgency than that same friend giving death threats to others. There’s a time for a heart-to-heart about sin, and there’s a time to call the police or other relevant authorities or agencies. Finally, think about your own motivations. In Matthew 7, Jesus is clear: As Christians, we should not confront people out of pride, assuming their sin is worse than ours. Instead, we remember God has extended His grace to us, forgiving our sins through Jesus. When confronting others about their sins, we keep this grace in mind, extending unmerited favor to others, as God has to us (Ephesians 4:32). • Naomi Zylstra • Have you ever confronted someone about a sinful behavior? • Have you noticed a friend’s habitual sin? Do you think you’re the right person to speak to them about it? • If you’re struggling with whether to confront someone, who is a trusted Christian adult you could bring your questions to—such as a pastor, parent, youth leader, or counselor? 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. Matthew 18:15 (NLT)

Read Verses:

Matthew 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13