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Lesson # Matt. 18:18
Study Material - Matt. 18:18
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18 Verily [amen] I say [lego] unto you [humin] , Whatsoever [hosos] [ean] ye shall bind [deo] on [epi] earth [ge] shall be [esomai] bound [deo] in [en] heaven [ouranos] : and [kai] whatsoever [hosos] [ean] ye shall loose [luo] on [epi] earth [ge] shall be [esomai] loosed [luo] in [en] heaven [ouranos] . KJV-Interlinear
18 'Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, many have read these next few verses as giving them the right to forgive anything, or to deny forgiveness at their whim, or even to ask for anything, no matter what, and it will be given. But this is not the topic of the passage. Discipline and the resolution of problems is the topic of discussion.
Dealing with people should be taken with great care and thought. Think through your actions before you proceed. Done in the wrong way, then self righteousness, anger or vindictiveness and so forth, may take control of the situation. The wrong results occur. But done in the right way, diplomacy with poise, then the best results 'might' occur. I say might because there are two involved. You cannot coerce the other party into seeing things your way.
When you bend in the situation (regardless of what the other person does) then finding a best solution is more likely. God bends greatly for us everyday. We should do the same when dealing with people, especially when they are very rigid in their nature. God should not be expected to conform to our will, but when we conform to His will, when we follow a pattern or attitude toward and in dealing with, others as Christ teaches us, then we have Gods approval
Note, that in all of this, the spiritual status of the other person or persons is not relevant. We cannot know any ones spiritual status. We may believe that they have believed in Christ, if the subject even comes up (most likely it won't), and/or if they make some remark concerning God, heaven, and such, but more than likely we probably will not know their spiritual state, or lack thereof. Their spiritual status is none of our concern. We do not have two standards for dealing with people. There is not double standard authorized. We need to treat all peoples alike - with politeness, courtesy, tolerance, and so forth.
If they hear your compliant against them and respond positively then that is good. If they hear your complaint and ignore you or react unfavorably, then that is their problem more than it is yours. You can do only so much when dealing with obnoxious people. You then have a choice in the aftermath. You can tolerate them, without picking fights or challenging everything they say or do (don't want to be a nag), or you can avoid interacting with them. You have to determine the route that best fits your situation.
But in all of this, you need to deal with people from a position of strength - spiritual stability (in fellowship), and without second thoughts, without regrets, without getting even at some later date. You need to deal with people in accordance with Gods will, not your own selfish or self centered will. In so doing, and just as we studied in Matt. 16:19+, then what we loose (release from obligation - forgive) then God will do the same because we are in compliance with His will. Likewise, if we bind (no not release) here on earth, and in accordance with His will, then God will also bind and hold the offending party to account.
God does not do our bidding just to please us. We should do His bidding in order to remain obedient to His will and for His pleasure. If we ignore Gods will, then it is His will that will overrule yours. Typical example: Someone burns the toast every morning simply because they do not pay attention to the toaster setting. You can show them how to correct the problem and if they listen and learn then better toast follows. If they refuse to listen or change their habit, then you can always make the toast yourself. What would you gain by perpetuating a morning argument every morning? Second example, Saddam in Iraq is an evil person and has subjected his people to horrible atrocities. He is given a chance to change and to submit himself for legal charges of atrocities. He refuses. We blow him away. End of story!
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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