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Excerpt # 6 Pastor Steve Wuori

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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