I. Introduction: We just had a division that started because a person refused to hear correction (Zechariah 7:5-14).
A. It is a work of spiritually minded saints to correct one another (Galatians 6:1-2).
- Remember, as we have recently studied (https://www.wordsoftruth.net/moretoconsider_privatetrespass_2019.html), those whom have their lives clean first (Matthew 7:1-5 and Luke 17:3-4) and are capable of the task (Hebrews 5:12-14).
- If a brother or sister is suitable for the task, they should seek to restore erring saints (James 5:19-20).
- Reprove means: “to confute, admonish: — convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove” (Strong’s # 1651).
- That word is used in other texts discussing: “tell a fault” (Matthew 18:15), “reproved” (Luke 3:18-19, John 3:19-21, and Ephesians 5:13), “convicted” (John 8:1-11), “convinceth” (John 8:46), “reprove” (John 16:7-8 and Ephesians 5:11), “convinced” (I Corinthians 14:24-25), “rebuke” (I Timothy 5:20, Titus 1:13, Titus 2:15, and Revelation 3:19), “convince” (Titus 1:9), “rebuked” (Hebrews 12:5), “convinced” (James 2:9).
- One of the reasons we have the Scriptures, which I am supposed to preach, is for correction (II Timothy 3:16-17).
- Don’t stop your ears and seek to destroy the messenger (Acts 7:51-60)!
II. Body: To Prevent A Repeat Of History, All Of Us Need To Be Ready To Receive Correction If Needed (James 1:19-27).
A. The fact that the sinners amongst God’s people refuse correction is NOT a new problem (Jeremiah 5:1-3, Jeremiah 7:23-28, Zephaniah 3:1-5, Luke 7:24-30, and II Timothy 4:10-17).
- To prevent this in us, we have to be a people willing to hear first (Nehemiah 8:1-9:3).
- Yet, knowing when to hear and when not to hear is important (Proverbs 14:7, Proverbs 19:27, Matthew 16:5-12, Mark 4:24, Colossians 2:4-8, II John 1:9-11, and Revelation 2:14-16).
- Knowing who to listen to and who not to listen to requires you to be a fruit inspector (Matthew 7:15-20).
- You can listen and then take that information and test it (Acts 17:10-11 and I Thessalonians 5:21).
- Again, though, don’t have your first impulse be to defend yourself without hearing first (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3).
- Don’t be stupid (Proverbs 12:1).
- Don’t be stubborn (Proverbs 1:24-33 and Jeremiah 17:23-27).
- Don’t be proud (James 4:6-10).
- Be a listener (Proverbs 12:15).
- Don’t see the messenger as an enemy (II Corinthians 12:15 and Galatians 4:16).
- When you refuse to listen the faithful will have to leave you alone (Matthew 15:1-14).
- If you become argumentative, full of debate, contentious, and divisive; you will be admonished, marked, avoided, and rejected (Romans 16:17-18 and Titus 3:9-11).
- If you go too far, there will be no place for repentance with the Lord (Isaiah 30:1, Acts 5:1-10, Romans 1:18-32, Romans 6:1-2, I Timothy 1:19-20, and Hebrews 10:26-31).
- If the congregation cannot determine that God will forgive you, we cannot have fellowship with you (I John 1:3-7).
- So, BE CAREFUL when you choose to reject correction (Hebrews 12:22-29; cf. I Peter 4:17-19)!
- Love those trying to make you right with the Lord (Proverbs 9:7-8).
- Rejoice that the right information is presented to you (Acts 15:1-31).
III. Conclusion: When you are properly corrected you must be willing to receive that instruction (Proverbs 19:20). Don’t seek to cause discord (Proverbs 6:12-19). Don’t go start your own church (Acts 20:30)!
*None of this is new information to the saints here:
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