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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 16, 2022

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[Joseph Butler]

Matthew 18:15 If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.

In these days of public vitriol, a snide remark to a friend or an angry tweet about how someone has wronged us may offer a momentary rush of satisfaction and self-righteousness. It might even shame the one who has harmed us into making an apology.

But that isn’t what Christian community is supposed to look like. The church exists to worship God and serve others, but it should also demonstrate the reconciling love of the kingdom of God come near. Even in the church, people sin against one another, but the response to grievances within the church is supposed to look different from the world’s—a response based on reconciliation, not public shame.

There are limits to this teaching, of course. Victims of abuse are not obliged to remain in relationship with their abusers, for instance. But for most of the other ways we harm each other in our day-to-day lives, Jesus offers this simple instruction: talk to one another.

MOVING FORWARD: Is it time to have a hard conversation? Talk. And listen.

PRAY for the Diocese of Maiduguri (Nigeria)

Ps [83] or 34 * 85, 86 | Numbers 12:1-16 | Romans 2:12-24 | Matthew 18:10-20



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