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Matthew 18:15-20 & Romans 13:8-14, Loving and Caring Discipline
Today’s gospel reading comes after the parable of the wandering sheep. As soon as Jesus points out the importance of ‘a little one’ with love and care he illustrates a pastoral care issue into a faith community. The aim of teaching is ‘regaining, restoration, reconciliation, and discipline’ with love and care to build up a community of faith.
This text teaches us some steps of discipline. First, try to keep the matter private. Hopefully, this will be necessary to restore fellowship and friendship (vs 15); second, if that doesn’t work, get help from others (vs 16); third, if you aren’t successful with the first two steps, share the issue with the church (vs 17a); fourth, even if a reconciliation process seems to fail, we have to keep our loving and caring attitude for those opposite sides (vs 17b).
If we would follow these clear commands we would have great blessings: the blessing of heavenly power (vs 18); the blessing of answered prayer (vs 19); the blessing of Christ’s presence (vs 20). This is a challenge and also an encouragement for us. See, today’s Epistles reading, Romans 13:8 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” The entire commandment “are summed up in this one command: Love your neighbour as yourself.”
Book and DVD of the Week:
End Of The Spear by Steve Saint. Steve saint was only five years old when his father was brutally killed by Waodani warriors, men from the most savage culture ever known. But in a story almost too amazing to be true, Steve eventually comes to know – and even love – the very ones who drove the spears into his father’s body.
Decades after their lives were changed by learning to walk God’s trail, the Waodani asked Steve to return to the jungle with his family to live among them and teach them how to interact with the encroaching outside world. Striving to mesh his two very different worlds, Steve must face the tragic events of his past and learn to fully trust God through terrible danger, great loss, and remarkable joy.
Superbook – King Solomon. Chris is in charge of a major exhibit when his father’s most important invention disappears. Can he solve the mystery? Travel back to ancient Israel as Superbook takes Chris, Joy and Gizmo to meet King Solomon. Witness the suspense as he is faced with a baffling dilemma – and the surprising way he uncovers the truth. Our heroes discover that true wisdom comes from God.