Relationship one to another

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LESSON 3

CONFESSING OUR FAULTS

 

        James 5:16 CONFESS your faults one to another and pray for one another.

 

Note: Confessing faults is not confessing sins, for absolution of sin cannot be given by men. This verse must therefore be understood to mean that our relationship to one another is key to our health and healing and that division and schism in the church can bring weakness, sickness, and death.

 

        1 Corinthians 11:28-31 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

 

        1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 

        Matthew 5:21-24Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

 

Paul rebukes them, for taking their differences before an ungodly people to judge. In this we forsake the Lordís blessing and providence, and we deny His righteousness.

 

        1 Corinthians 6:5-8I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

 

        1 Thessalonians 4:6That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

 

If there is something amiss between us and our brother we need to correct it, to be open, because to us it is sin

 

        1 John 3:10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

        1 John 3:14We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

 

        1 John 4:20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?