Rebuking A Wayward Christian Is The Most Loving Thing You Can Do

 

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James 5:19-20

19 My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.

If a Christian starts abandoning the truth by going in its opposite direction we as a family of believers must bring him or her back to the truth.

Keyword: the truth

You cannot bring a Christian back to the Lord by compromising the truth for the sake of not hurting his/her feelings. The truth has to be at the forefront but it has to be with graciousness and humility.

When a believer is walking away from the truth and you try to show them their errors, even with grace, they will take your action as judgmental and mean spirited. Why? Because the person’s inner-man is severely weakened. Remember, our job is, to tell the truth regardless if it hurts them. You cannot be more loving than when you tell someone the truth and the Holy Spirit will take the truth and start to convict them.

In the Psalms, David talks about this which is found in Psalm 141:5 which says,

5 Let the righteous one strike me
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me
it is oil for my head;
let me not refuse it.
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.

Here, we see that the word “rebuke” which gives the meaning of someone striking you and making you feel pain. That’s how it feels when you tell the person the truth. The difference is that the pain they feel is actually healing them because it will make them repent and bring them back to being right with Jesus Christ. Clearly, this verse teaches that rebuke for the sake of the truth is the most loving thing you can do.

Jesus is the truth and He is love. The truth and love cannot be separated and we cannot be people pleasers because to be one you have to compromise the truth.

The word “death” does not refer to spiritual death but physical.

Let us make both, the truth and love a priority, without missing one of them when bringing a believer back to Jesus.

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6 thoughts on “Rebuking A Wayward Christian Is The Most Loving Thing You Can Do

  1. Spaniardviii, thank you! We absolutely must do this, and it is love and obedience.

    Ezekiel 3

    16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

    20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”

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