Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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Segment #7 Pastor Steve Wuori 10/18/09

Who did that? Jesus. Jesus says in the gospel of John. He says that "If I had not come and spoken to them they had not had sin, but now they have no cloak for their sin." In other words, Jesus has cared enough to come and speak to us about sin, not his, but ours. This is the perfect picture of Jesus. He has come, and through his Word, has described to us how guilty we are. His Word has described how it was our sins, our faults, that placed him on the cross of Calvary and it was for those sins and faults that he died. And therefore, we see the example that Jesus sets, and that is that there was a brother, there was a friend who trespassed against him. That was me. And he cared enough to come and speak to me about what I had done and by the power of His Spirit, within the heart, He has revealed to me what I have done. King David, when he had sinned so badly against Uriah, Bathsheba and a whole host of people within His kingdom, when it came time to repent, he said, I have sinned against the Lord, because the conviction of his heart was, that though it was Nathan who brought the Word to him that broke his heart, it was the Word of God that came to him and told him that he was guilty. And therefore, he concluded, I have sinned against the Lord. And that is what really breaks the heart, isn't it? It's when we recognize that there has been a relationship of trust that has been broken and we have been the ones to break it. We have made the mistake, it is our fault. And so likewise between us, when there is the trust that has been broken, or there is betrayal, we find that we look and see, that I am the guilty one. But Jesus has come and has spoken to us in love, concerning our trespasses, our faults, and what happened? If it so be that we hear, He has gained us. Not our gain, but His. He has gained this brother, who has trespassed against Him. So here we see that in this first place there is a deep love and a deep care that causes the person to go, to tell, to see if they will hear and to be restored. And what a blessing if we can be honest with one another concerning these things, and how hard it is, sometimes, to go and talk about these things. And also when we talk about hearing and gaining and restoration, I believe that because it is the words of Jesus that have brought us to this place, we cannot forget Him when it comes time to have that restoration. How many times when there has been an offence, say between a husband and a wife, when we come to the point where we say, "I'm sorry, forget it." Now if we forgot to buy the milk at the store, that might be good enough. But yet if there has been an offense, that certainly means that there is something that is deeper than "I forgot to buy milk on the way home." Then by all means, because these are the words of Jesus, involve Him, use Him use His Name. Don't be afraid to use His Name, that high and mighty Name. that through faith in it alone was that cripple able to rise and walk and leap and praise God when Peter and John came to Him as it is written early in the book of Acts. It is recorded that this man who is lame, his ankle bones received strength and he lept and walked and praised God and it was Peter then who said, "His Name, through faith in his Name ahd made this man strong." That is really what did it. It was not Peter or John with any miracle of healing. But it was the name of Jesus. That powerful name that is above all others. It was through faith in His Name. Use His Name when you are seeking to forgive sin, when you are seeking to restore. Don't be afraid of the name of Jesus. And don't be afraid of His blood. It is a precious thing, that blood that ws shed on the cross of Calvary, that even tonight enables us to know that we are the forgiven and ransomed sinners, who have been restored unto our heavenly Father, by the blood of Jesus. And therefore, don't be afraid, be free, be so free that you are able to invoke the name of Jesus and blood of Jesus. Don't just say "I'm sorry" and try to wall paper over it, but get to the root of it. And assure one another that in the powerful name and blood and because of those things, these words of sorrow, these words of reconciliation have great power. Don't be afraid that you are promoting an old tradition or anything like that. But don't be afraid, for sure, of those things. Involve Jesus because He himself speaks to us here of restoration. So the first step here now is concluded and I have to believe that if this first step is done in the manner which Jesus describes it, there will be no second or third step. but in case there is, then we go into those steps, starting with the 16th verse.

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 18 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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And how often are we that honest that we will prayerfully go to our brother or our sister who has trespassed against us. And we will tell them what they have done. We almost can wonder if Jesus has it quite right here. Because so often we feel as if somehow I should take the blame. And that is what would lead us when we go to that place and say," I have harbored bad thoughts about you." There will be time to clear that up, if that is so. But don't start out with that if there has been a trespass against you by your brother. Go, Jesus, say, go and tell them their fault, what they have done. Not how you have felt, or how your own heart has harbored bad things. But go and tell them their fault. We can can see in the words of Jesus here, in this verse and in those that will follow, the earnest desire to find the truth. The earnest desire to find the truth. Because haven't we experienced so many times that it is rare that there is only one side to the story. It is so rare, that it is so clear cut that someone is dead wrong and the other is dead right. That may happen, but much more often it seems it takes two and it has taken two. And I believe that what Jesus is desiring to do here is to ensure that the truth emerges, in order that there might be restoration and peace between those who are at odds.

Go and tell him his fault, privately, between him and thee alone. And here I believe that we have seen damage done when we resort instead to gossip, instead of going and telling him alone between him or her and you. Rather, we go and tell others what they have done to us. And then attempt to come back and somehow apply the church law to that individual. But have we followed this church law of Jesus in the way that we ought to follow it. "Go and tell him his fault between him and you alone". What does this show? It shows how you love them. It shows how much you care. It shows that your are not prepared to continue living in such a way that you are at odds with this brother or sister. It show that you want peace and restoration. And may that be our hearts as we go to such a place, that we might be praying, not that they would be proven wrong, not that they would fall on their face in front of us in sorrow, but that we might be restored one with another as brothers or sisters. May that be our earnest prayer, that there could be restoration, because in your heart you care, you really care. You want there to be peace, you want there to be joy between the two of you. You don't want to have to avoid them for the next many years to come.

So powerful words from Jesus. And it says that if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. If he hears. I believe what Jesus means by this, is that if he receives this that you have told him, and there is restoration, there is peace, then you have gained your brother. You have your brother back again. And if you think of the person or people that you have had the greatest difficulty with even within the family of God, deep in your heart, isn't it so, that you wish it was different. You wish that you could be at peace, you wish that you could embrace them. Maybe it is long lost friends that have come to odds and can no longer get along well. They drift apart, but yet deep in in the heart, there is a desire; I wish, I wish I could embrace him, I wish I could embrace her. I wish we were one with one another. Care enough to go speak to them.

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 14 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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Segment #7 Pastor Steve Wuori 10/18/09
- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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