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Win the fallen brother or sister.

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | June 16, 2023 | Matthew 18:15-17


“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. Matthew 18:15 (NIV)


After Jesus had spoken to the disciples about greatness, little ones, millstones, and the parable of the lost sheep, He teaches them a practical way to help and confront a brother or a sister who has become ensnared by sin. In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus provides a clear and compassionate guide for addressing conflicts within the community of believers. This passage underscores the importance of seeking reconciliation and restoration when a brother or sister in Christ has stumbled. It reminds us that our goal is not to condemn or exclude but to win back those who have strayed.

Jesus begins by emphasizing the value of relationships within the body of believers. He acknowledges that disagreements and conflicts may arise but encourages a proactive approach to addressing these issues. The fact that Jesus addresses this topic indicates the significance He places on maintaining healthy relationships and the unity of His followers. Rather than harbouring resentment or seeking revenge, Jesus calls His disciples to initiate a process of restoration. This process begins with a private conversation, offering the opportunity for gentle correction and a chance for the fallen brother or sister to repent. The goal of addressing the fallen brother or sister is not to shame or condemn them but to win them back to the fold of fellowship. Jesus provides a step-by-step process that emphasizes grace, accountability, and genuine concern for the well-being of the individual. It is a call to lovingly confront the issue and offer guidance, with the ultimate goal of seeing the repentance and restoration of the fallen brother or sister.

Jesus also highlights the role of the church community in the process of restoration. If the initial private conversation fails to resolve the issue, the involvement of a few witnesses is encouraged. Their presence ensures accountability, wisdom, and impartiality in seeking a resolution. If the individual still refuses to listen, the matter is to be brought before the entire church, emphasizing the importance of the collective body in addressing issues of sin and restoration. The passage reveals the significance of maintaining unity within the body of believers and reminds us that unresolved conflicts and divisions hinder the effectiveness of the Church's mission. The process outlined by Jesus emphasizes the principles of grace and forgiveness. It reflects God's heart for restoration, extending His grace to those who have fallen and providing them with an opportunity to repent and be reconciled


How do you treat brethren who offend you? What is your attitude towards those who have strayed? What can you do to help bring the fallen believer back to the fold of fellowship? By actively seeking reconciliation and restoration, we uphold the unity that Christ desires for His followers and demonstrate to the world the transformative power of His love.


Dear God, in your boundless mercy, I humbly come before you seeking forgiveness for our fallen brother. May our hearts be filled with forgiveness and understanding, so that together we can rebuild the bonds that have been broken, In Jesus’ Name. Amen!



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