Blessed… Where Two or Three

“If your brother or sister sins against you, go and correct them when you are alone together. If they listen to you, then you’ve won over your brother or sister.  But if they won’t listen, take with you one or two others so that every word may be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses.  But if they still won’t pay attention, report it to the church. If they won’t pay attention even to the church, treat them as you would a Gentile and tax collector.  I assure you that whatever you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. And whatever you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven.  Again I assure you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, then my Father who is in heaven will do it for you.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them” (Matthew 18:15-20, Common English Bible).

When ever two or three people gather many things can happen. This lesson starts off on the negative side of things. “When someone sins against you…” When you have two people together eventually there will be disagreement and difficulty. There is a pretty good chance that someone will eventually sin against the other. When that happens, there is also a pretty good chance that some help might be necessary.

The lesson says go take someone else or two someone elses (I know, it really isn’t a word) with you and talk to the offender. If that doesn’t fix the problem, we are to take it to the church.

But, I would submit to you, there is something else to consider. In my experience, when I am upset with someone and believe they have sinned against me, more often than not, I have sinned against them too. If we both have our two or three with us, we end up with the church. If we both have people who agree with us, we just might end up continuing our stand-off.

What if, before we start to talk, whether it is with others present or just us, what if we were to pray together in earnest? What if we prayed together that God lead us to an equitable, realistic solution?

If we could agree to let God lead us, the lesson reminds us that God will do whatever we ask, WHEN WE AGREE TOGETHER. Jesus also reminds us in this lesson that when we gather, even two or three of us in His name, He is there with us. Could we really ask for more than that?

I can’t help but think, when we are caught in a disagreement, is going to begin with both of us in earnest prayer. When we pray, God is with us. We may well need another person or two who will help us in finding, in seeing God’s solution, but because God is with us, if we pray together earnestly, I know finding a real solution is more than possible, I can’t help but think it absolutely will happen.

How can God help you find resolution with another person?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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