When Should a Christian point out sin?

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The Christian and Pointing Out Sin

Should a Christian refrain from pointing out a sin in the life of another believer, which may hurt his feelings? Only when led by the Lord, a Christian may have to speak in love and meekness to his brother to point out a sin in his life. But this matter has to be dealt with the spirit of Christ’s humility and kindness.

Many new believers have a wrong understanding of meekness and humility. They think meekness means silence. But the idea of godly meekness involves having strength and courage, but the kind of strength that is submitted to God’s control, leading and guidance.

True humility recognizes complete dependence upon God and knows we have no goodness except that which is found in Christ. Therefore, sometimes our love for God and our fellow Christians, and obedience to God’s Word will lead us to speak words that may cause temporary discomfort but finally leads them to the right path.

The Lord teaches, “exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13). “…but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Words of exhortation would encourage others to “hold fast” their “faith without wavering” (verse 23).

Those who are firmly established in the faith should never forget that some of their fellow believers, whose opportunity for the development of Christian character may have been less favorable, may be passing through doubt and discouragement.

Therefore, they should offer “A word in season to him that is weary” (Isaiah 50:4). This encouragement may be the means, in God’s providence, of converting a “sinner from the error of his way,” of saving his “soul from death,” and of hiding “a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).

Jesus is our example of dealing with the erring ones. The Lord hated sin but loved the sinner. He loved sinners unto death (John 3:16). May His love be our guide in dealing with the erring ones. For He commanded, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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