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Read along with Matthew 18:15-20.
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.
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.