The 1

99(1)We all love the story in the Bible of the shepherd leaving the 99 sheep to find the 1 that went astray (Matthew 18).  We want someone to rejoice over us when we are found.

But did you ever realize that God calls us to the role of going after the 1? That’s not just the Good Shepherd’s role, or only the duty of your pastor.  Jesus shows us in the following verses how to go after those who are walking away from the fold in sin.

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  (Matthew 18:15)

Jesus tells us to go after the 1.  When someone sins against us (or against others), we aren’t told to wait until they recognize their sin and come ask us for forgiveness.  We are told to go after them.

And why should this surprise us?

 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

The example has already been set for us.  God’s love is demonstrated through Christ.  How are you showing your love to your fellow believers?

We encourage you to watch or listen to Pastor Ben’s message from Sunday about Biblical Accountability.  Let’s care for the flock we are a part of and actively engage in one another’s lives.  Let’s be the Church.

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