The wise recognize rebuke as a gift of gold (Proverbs 25:12). It is a kindness, and a token of love. “Let a righteous man strike me — it is a kindness; let him rebuke me — it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it” (Psalm 141:5).
There are some saints that are caught in a vicious cycle of repetitive sin. They sin against The Word of God with their refusal to adhere to ALL of God’s Word by cherry-picking what they will follow and what they will not.
They persist in their sin, wickedness, lies, betrayals and deceit like a rabid animal.
These “saints”, “believers,” “followers,” are living outside The Word and are misguided by the world and those who encourage them to continue in their sin and sinful ways.
They include the narcissists, the adulterous, the liars, the fornicators, those who defile the wedding bed and vows, those who are murderers (spiritually and physically), those who are idolaters, or are covetous and those who abuse The Word to justify their ungodliness.
They must be rebuked, in love, with The Word of God. They must repent to God and ask Him to forgive them for their wickedness and sin, AND they must seek out those they have harmed, ask for restoration and forgiveness.
This is God’s way. This path is scriptural, not man-made or worldly. Those that circumvent it will never attain what God has for them, because they are out of alignment with God’s Word. Yes, He will forgive the sinner, but He will not uphold his/her sin, nor bless any thing, any subsequent relationship or acts that are an outgrowth of the sin they committed.
So, when a you see a brother or sister wallowing in or committing sin, don’t hold back your tongue or God’s Word that condemns their sin from them. As each other’s keepers in the faith, God holds us accountable to strike down the sin nature in them through His Word and through prayer in order to guide them back to The Word and a life that is in accordance with our Lord and not the world’s!
Father, teach us to judiciously and speedily rebuke those among us who are committing sin, living in sin, acting in sin and are entrenched in wickedness and denial of their sin.
Whether it be a pastor, parent, spouse, child or fellow believers who have stepped outside of Your Word, we are accountable for one another in The Faith unless they are an apostate! And just as Jesus rebuked His disciples in love, we, too must follow His example in dealing with the wayward. Amen 🙏🏽