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Applying the Gospel to an Offense

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Applying the Gospel to an Offense

Noel Heikkinen

Matthew 18:21-22

At one point in our life, we have taken offense by something that someone did to us. How did you react? We are all wired with a knee-jerk reaction to these sorts of things. But is that how Scripture tells us to react? Pastor Noel Heikkinen shares how Scripture tells us to handle situations, in a Christ-centered manner, when someone raises an offense against us.

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Is this a criminal matter?

Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. For it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For it is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.

Romans 13:1-4 (CSB)


Is this person a Christian?

For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside?

1 Corinthians 5:12 (CSB)


But you, dear friends, remember what was predicted by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They told you, “In the end time there will be scoffers living according to their own ungodly desires.” These people create divisions and are worldly, not having the Spirit.

Jude 17-19 (CSB)


“The church, indeed every Christian, is an odd combination of self-sacrificing saint and self-serving sinner. And the church, unlike some social organizations, doesn’t have the luxury of choosing its members; the church is an assembly of all who profess themselves believers. Within that gathering is found a full range of saint/sinner combinations.”

Marshall Shelley


Is this actually a sin?

One person believes he may eat anything, while one who is weak eats only vegetables. One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not judge one who does, because God has accepted him.

Romans 14:2-3 (CSB)


Was this sin committed against you?

Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted.

Galatians 6:1 (CSB)


When we see a brother or sister in sin, there are two things we do not know: First, we do not know how hard he or she tried not to sin. And second, we do not know the power of forces that assailed him or her. We also do not know what we would have done in the same circumstances.

FB Meyer


Can you accept the injustice?

If any of you has a dispute against another, how dare you take it to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?

1 Corinthians 6:1 (CSB)


Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the trivial cases? Don’t you know that we will judge angels—how much more matters of this life? So if you have such matters, do you appoint as your judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame! Can it be that there is not one wise person among you who is able to arbitrate between fellow believers? Instead, brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers! As it is, to have legal disputes against one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?

1 Corinthians 6:2-7 (CSB)


He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth; when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.

1 Peter 2:22-23 (CSB)


But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

Matthew 5:39 (CSB)


Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord.Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and defiling many.

Hebrews 12:14-15 (CSB)

“Is there something in my eye?”

Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the beam of wood in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a beam of wood in your own eye? Hypocrite! First take the beam of wood out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:3-5 (CSB)


“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Matthew 18:15 (ESV)


Go Privately

But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Matthew 18:16 (ESV)


…in most cases, men shamelessly evade, or impudently excuse, the improper and unjust actions which they have committed, till greater authority is employed, towards such persons it is useful to observe this method…We now perceive for what purpose Christ proposes to call witnesses. It is, to give greater weight and impressiveness to the admonition.

John Calvin


If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.

Matthew 18:17 (ESV)

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21-22 (ESV)

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