LONGSUFFERING

Blog: Gary Scott
October 28, 2015

Brethren have falling outs with one another. And their brethren side with one or the other of these two. And the rest of the members take sides with the two groups. And the congregation is split. All because two brothers had a falling out and did not obey Matthew 18:15-18 and Matthew 5:23-24. And others became disobedient as well, making matters worse. This sinful condition started because of someone failing to obey Colossians 3:12-14.

“Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

But we make mistakes, sadly sinning against one another, by falling short of perfection, compassion, kindness, longsuffering, forbearing and forgiveness. And the Lord tells us how to correct our short comings when such has occurred.

“And if thy brother sin against thee, go show him his fault between thee and him alone, if he hears thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he hears thee not, take with thee one or two more, that at the mouth of two or three every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear thee, tell if to the church; and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be unto thee as the Gentile and the publican.” Matthew 18:15-17

But this responsibility is not just on one side of the parties.

“If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

If either party fails to do his duty in such circumstances, both parties remain in sin! And the worship of both will not be accepted by God. Since we ourselves sin against others, we need to be longsuffering…forgiving.