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“Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning” (1 Timothy 5:20).

Jesus gives us the principle of confrontation in Matthew 18.  The church has understood these things with the overarching principle of getting the one in trouble to repent and get back on track.  If they will not, then, so that others do not think that blatant sinning is okay, rebuke the flagrant one publicly.  Many will not do that in our day and so the church slides into ineffectiveness.

Lord, teach me that it is loving to discipline one who needs it.  Guide me, Lord, to be temperate in such things, but also to realize that such things are necessary.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I may practice what You would have me practice.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of truth that I would accept rebuke when it is mine to receive and be willing to love my neighbor as I would want to be loved.

Lord, You rebuked Peter in love.  He received it and continued on.  Help me to receive rebuke when it comes.  Help me to rebuke when it is needed.  In and through all things, lead me, O Lord, in the way You know I need to go so that I may walk in humble obedience to You.  Through all things Lord, continue to teach me what I need to know.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life that I may dwell with You forever.  Amen.