Love That Challenges
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Read: Nehemiah 13
“And it grieved me bitterly; therefore I threw all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room.” “Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan. I also assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each to his service,” –Nehemiah 13:8, 30 (NKJV)
vv. 8, 30 Those who would expel sin out of their hearts, the living temples, must throw out its household stuff and all the provision made of it, taking away those things which are fuel for lust. Let the blood of Christ be then applied by faith, that it be furnished anew with the grace of God’s Spirit.
“I know they are sinning against the Lord, but I love them too much to reprimand them.” Sometimes we emphasize loving people and not endangering our relationship with them over challenging them to get right with the Lord. When we think like this, we have accepted the world’s values and not kingdom values. If relationship with God is the most important thing in the world, then to help people get back into right relationship with God is the best thing we can do for them. Galatians 6:1 instructs, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted,” (NKJV).
Pray that in the body of believers, we will not let people wander into sin and out of fellowship with God and with other Christians.
1. Why does Nehemiah take such drastic action in vv. 6-7 and v. 28?
2. Why is it so hard to confront Christians who are sinning?