What Jesus Did! 'Redeeming Relationships from Sin' — Luke 17:3-4

Friday, October 2, 2015

"So be careful! If your brother sins, tell him he is wrong. If he is sorry {and stops sinning}, forgive him. If your brother does something wrong to you seven times in one day, but he says that he is sorry each time, then you should forgive him."
— Luke 17:3-4 NLT
Illustration of Luke 17:3-4 NLT — "So be careful!"

Key Thought

In today's polite and politically correct society, it is considered rude to step in and confront someone about his or her unethical or improper behavior or sin. Hurting someone's feelings or impinging on his or her right of free expression is of more concern than evil acts, unethical practices, and sinful rebellion. How sad! How wrong of us as Christians. We are called to a different standard in God's Kingdom family. We take sin seriously so we go after sinners, not to punish or berate them, but to help them turn from their rebellious ways and reclaim them to us. If we take sin seriously, we also must take forgiveness even more seriously! Dispensing forgiveness was a key reason Jesus came to earth. As Jesus' presence in the world now, it is our job to practice radical forgiveness. And facilitating forgiveness and reconciliation, whether we are the offender or the offended, is always our responsibility!

Today's Prayer

Father, help me take my sin, as well as the sin that has entrapped my Christian friends, seriously. Don't let me tone down others who want to call your people away from their sin and rebellion. Please give me a heart of compassion and words that serve, bless, and strengthen others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 19:1-20
  • 2 Corinthians 2:5-8
  • James 5:16


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.