Jesus said to his disciples, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you… If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector”. (Matthew 18:15-17)
It’s a simple three-fold process in our one Christian family; firstly, go to the offender and discuss the grievance; secondly, return with other good people and discuss; thirdly, seek the help of our church leaders.
Generally, all we will ever need to do is follow stage one in life but of course, direction through prayer must remain central in our decision-making.
Lord Jesus, guide me when I falter, show me your humble ways and loving heart, so I will always love my neighbour as thyself.
Prayer: Perseverance (St Alphonsus Ligouri)
Our Dear Redeemer,
relying on your promises,
because you are faithful, all-powerful and merciful,
we hope, through the merits of your Passion,
for the forgiveness of our sins,
perseverance until death in your grace;
and at length, we hope, by your mercy,
to see and love you eternally in heaven.