II Timothy 2:25 (KJV) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.
There is something here to be learned for those who might admonish others, for those who are admonished, and an objective and God-glorifying truth. We must always confront in Love and in the timing of God. How do you confront your family, friends, or even foes?
It is not accidental or incidental that Paul begins with an exhortation to meekness. If we dare confront a person about a supposed sin, we must be careful, first of all, that it really is sin. The objective is to help and not hurt people beyond the purpose of healing!
Meekness is a sensitive, humble submission to God. Meekness will not assume that personal preference or legalism is the same as God’s explicit commands. Meekness will not overlook a beam in one’s own eye when searching for a speck in another’s. But Meekness will help in the administration of Salvation for the Lord. Today’s message speaks to my heart!
However, if there is real sin in someone’s life, then it is important to realize that transgressing God’s law is ultimately opposing oneself. There is no way to sin against God and not harm yourself. However, please understand that sinning against God is always damaging to your soul. So it is imperative that we don’t add harm to hurt concerning the lives of others and ourselves.
Point to ponder- What is the solution? True repentance only comes from God. And so both the person hoping to win a person from sin, and a person stuck deep in sin, must go to God for help. Pray to the Lord. The saints in the book of Acts were thrilled when they saw that God had “granted repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18). Have a great Thursday!!
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