“The first foundation of discipline is to provide a place for private admonition; that is, if anyone does not perform his duty willingly, or behaves insolently, or does not live honorably, or has committed any act deserving blame—he should allow himself to be admonished; and when the situation demands it, every man should endeavor to admonish his brother.” – John Calvin, Institutes, 4.XII.2
We have a responsibility as Christians to both receive and give correction. Unfortunately, we often let the fear of man get in the way of correcting a brother or sister who needs it. Or, we let our pride get in the way of hearing needed correction. Let’s humble ourselves before God and look for the gracious mercy He gives us in church discipline.
Pastor Mike Walters