DAY 223 OF 365 IN 2021
HOW DIFFERENT ARE WE?
Matthew 18:17 If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you.
Sometimes it takes been stubborn to make others understand where you’re coming from. It takes a firm and unshakeable resolve to stay the course and not allow oneself to be swayed by the many winds that blow. However, there comes a time when stubbornness has to give way to enlightenment, to a body of knowledge that supercedes any resolve.
We read today about people who wrong others and the steps taken to ensure reconciliation. First, in person, then with a company of two or three then to implore the church to intervene. We realise a hierarchical upward trend which is similar to the structure a complaint follows: bottom up. With the intention to resolve it at the lowest rung of the ladder possible.
Yet, it is the recommendation of jesus when matters escalate to the very top without resolution that ought to catch our attention; where even the intervention of the church is ignored. The suggestion ‘to treat as you would an unbeliever or tax collector’. Surely, not how one would treat the person, but rather the response to the behaviour or attitude exhibited.
There are many occasions when we resolve not to budge no matter what. Regardless of who or what pleads a case, our persistence not to relent, or forgive is loud and clear. But the question thrown our way is this ‘if our desire to remain unforgiving is so strong, how different are we from they that do not believe? How different are we from those who do not recognise that there was shedding of blood for the remission of sins? How different are we?