Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rebuke With Love

You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. (Leviticus 19:16-17)

Tale-bearing injures the teller, the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told.

Whether the report is true or false, we are forbidden to spread it.

The reputations of the Lord's people is very precious. We should be shameful to help the devil to dishonor the Church and the name of the Lord.

Many glory in pulling down their brethren, and raising themselves.

Let it be our rule and our personal commitment not to speak evil of any man.

The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin, and prescribes the way to do it.

It must be done by rebuking our brother to his face, not by talking behind his back.

Let us love our brethren but not condone their sins. Let us rebuke them with love and pray for a changing of their heart.

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