It can be difficult to address the sin of another without them, feeling that, “you are better than them.”
When dealing with unsaved family, it is important to keep in mind 1st Corinthians 13:4 “Charity suffered long, and is kind…” We must try to treat people with long-suffering and kindness. The Lord long suffered and still long suffers with us. The Apostle Paul stated in 1st Timothy 1:15-16 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.“ Paul said he was chief of sinners, but Christ showed him long-suffering so that he could be delivered from his sin.
In the bible you will see that the strong rebukes were for hypocrites, as Jesus would see that they were standing in the way of others. When someone is blatantly pushing their sin (including hypocrisy) on others with boldness, a proper rebuke is in order.
The class finished up this discussion by focusing on the worldly ways that you must forsake to be able to have a relationship with God.
The class expressed that there is a need today for people to grasp hold of what “faithfulness” really means.
The class took some time talking about why we need to be unselfish in our relationship and willingly practice self denial. One expressed that most doubts between us and God, are when we focus on ourselves. It is better to think about others. Thinking about ourselves will make us more depressed.
On 4-1-2008 the Mature Family and Single Adult class considered and discussed the following question: “What are the things that are ruining people’s relationship with God and their ability to have a relationship with him?” and “What can be done about it?” These are a very “broad” questions that could span many areas of people’s lives and their attitudes. During the time of our class the discussion seemed to polarize around four main “themes”:
1. How we think and meditate
2. Being unselfish and willing to practice self-denial
3. Faithfulness – being true to our first love
4. Avoiding worldliness and worldly philosophies
The class started first by considering the hindrances of wrong thinking. Thoughts that we meditate on can be damaging to a relationship.