September 12, 2017

Restoration

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Read along with Matthew 18:15-20

 

Sermon excerpt

The truth is this: the messiness, or brokenness, in one person tends to respond to the messiness and brokenness in another person as either water or gasoline. And only prayer, humility, and a healthy dose of the Holy Spirit can transform our fiery words into life-giving water.

Jesus intends for us to focus on restoring the wholeness of BOTH parties who are involved.[1]

It’s about restoring the messy but significant relationship that has been broken; a relationship which will continue to be messy but one that now has more depth because it is grounded in prayer and humility and a divine kind of love that so far exceeds a human kind of love.

[1] https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3392

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