Jesus said: “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (Matthew 18:15-16)
Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.
Why We Need You.
The Hymn of the Day at traditional services this week is “When We Are Living” (ELW 639). Jesus teaches us today that “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” This lesson is furthered when we sing in this from Spain that “we shall always find those who are crying…and when we help them…we belong to God.” In New Day Praise service the worship song will be “Here I am to Worship” focusing our hearts and minds on the one who gathers us, loves us, and saves us.
Home Devotional Questions
- Do you deal with conflict effectively?
- Do you shy away from face to face encounters with those with whom you have disagreements?
- Do you think of Jesus as being present when you share difficult encounters with others?