Encouraging Brotherhood to Refrain From Iniquity
by Teresa Wiltz
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Ezekiel 3:18-21~“When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.20 Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin; the righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 21But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”
Often times in my Christian walk, I will attempt to dissuade others (especially family and friends) from consciously committing sins; but for the most part, they tend to get offended. I believe we were all created to encourage, comfort and to help one another as instructed by the very Word of our Heavenly Father. The above scripture (Ezekiel 3:18-21) clearly teaches that we will be held accountable to warn other believers against wrongdoing, so as to prevent haughtiness from being the start of their downfall.
I think that maybe if our approach is offered with a gentle and loving nature that others will not become offended so easily; but the true hearers of the gospel will eventually open their hearts to receive our humble reproof and warnings. This realization will ultimately spare them of dying in sinful choices. God considers all believers as one unit—the body of Christ, but it is our responsibility to fellowship in divine faith, peace and love. The more we learn to adapt the characteristics of the Holy Spirit, the more we will become aligned in our actions with other believers. The Apostle Paul was a great example of what it means to be one unit of Christ:
Ephesians 3:1-6 ~“For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles.2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”
As challenging as it may be to constantly stay on the right path amid such a chaotic and evil world, it is still possible; with God all things are possible. As we realize that we are not alone as believers of Jesus Christ, this knowledge will help to pave the way of pursuing righteous living during our journey of this thing called life. We must take heart and remember that our communion must first begin with God before it is manifested between one another. Reading the Bible daily, meditating on His Eternal Word, fellowshipping and fervor praying are a few ways to ensure that our walk with Christ is authentic enough to share and inspire others with.
1 Corinthians 12:13~“For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
The more we strive to achieve our greatest purpose by living according to God’s Word and obeying His Commandments, the more we will learn to love and respect one another as a whole. I hope and pray that we all awake each morning with the fire of Christ burning within the depths of our souls, producing tender embers of peace, love and joy; confident that we are a solid foundation of God and of one another. I also hope and pray that we learn to build each other up by the power of the Holy Spirit and divine forgiving grace.
Ephesians 2:19-22~“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
The next time you should stumble upon a fellow believer who is falling prey to the lies and controlled manipulation of Satan; speak in love and kindness so that maybe they could snap out of their state of confusion and return to honoring their allegiance to Christ Jesus.
God’s blessings, peace and love forever abound in your lives.
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