Bible Verses

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”– Matthew 18:15-20

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”– Galatians 6:1

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”– Matthew 18:15-17

“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,” – Luke 17:3

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

It is important for you to behave according to your Christian beliefs.  Do not allow other people to cause you to change your character and attack them.  Regardless of whether the person attacking you is a stranger, friend, or family member, you should respond the same way.  Do not betray your own character to address an assault from someone else.

If someone wrongly assaults you physically or verbally, you should confront them verbally in private.  If after addressing the issue verbally in private, the issue is still not resolved; meet with one or two additional people and the aggressor to address the issue.

It may be that you will not be able to properly address the issue, but if you do your best, you know you acted properly.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Greg watching a practice video

Greg and his best friend Dick play football on their high school football team.  Currently, they are participating in two practices a day during the summer before their senior year of high school. 

Both Greg and Dick were defensive players.  Greg was a safety and Dick was a linebacker.  They were both practicing hard because they wanted to win a scholarship to a good college.  Greg was especially aggressive.  He believed that the harder he hit offensive players the better he would look to the college scouts when the real games began. 

Near the end of one practice session, Fred, a split end, ran a route into Greg’s zone.  Greg kept some distance from Fred to encourage the quarterback to throw a pass to Fred.  The pass did go to Fred.  Greg ran very hard toward Fred and hit him on the helmet with his helmet.  He meant to hit him on the shoulder pad.  Fred jumped up off the ground and hit Greg very hard in the stomach.  Dick ran up to Greg and stopped him from attacking Fred. 

After the practice, Greg had a talk with Dick.  Greg said, “Why did you stop me from attacking Fred, he hit me hard”.  Dick said, “First, you hit Fred in the helmet which is against the rules, and second hitting him again would just cause him to attack you again”.  It would be much better if you met with Fred and let him know that you did not mean to hit him on the helmet and that you are sorry for that.  Then let him know that you do not wish to be enemies with him.  He will have two options, he can accept your gesture and agree to let the incident pass, or he can decide to continue being your enemy.  Either way, you do not want to compromise your character to address the attack from someone else. 

Greg thought about it and decided to talk with Fred privately.  He approached Fred the next morning in the hall during school. He asked Fred if they could talk privately outside.  Fred agreed.  Greg told him that he did not mean to hit Fred on the helmet and that he was sorry.  Fred said he did not believe Greg and did not accept his apology.

Greg asked the quarterback and another split end to meet him after practice.  He explained to them what happened.  He made it clear that he did not mean to hit Fred on the helmet and that they had both played with him for three years and knew he did not act that way.  The quarterback agreed to talk with Fred and explain that Greg did not mean to hit him on the helmet.

Two days later, Fred told Greg that after thinking about it he thought Greg did not mean to hit him on the helmet.  He did not wish to pursue the issue.

Greg realized that his friend Dick was right. Even though it took two meetings for Fred to accept his apology, Greg knew he had made the right decision and he did not damage his character.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

It is important to maintain your character and not allow other people to cause you to do things that are against your beliefs.  Always protect your character and make the right decision.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.