We have come to understand, through personal experience and this study, that not following this procedure of correction, as laid out in Scripture, is equal to not showing love. Not correcting fellow believers does them a disservice. They will happily continue in sin, which will ultimately cause their spiritual death and the loss of their souls to Satan. Is this what you would like for your friends?
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Have you ever battled to lose weight or to stick to an exercise program? You endure for a while, but then one day in your weakness you eat a chocolate, or you decide to sleep in instead of getting up early to exercise. This first transgression may be the first step to failure depending on how you handle this mishap.
What I have described here is not sin, but these battles we fight every day can be compared to our battle against sin. This battle is a spiritual battle and giving in to temptation could be the first step you take in throwing away your entire life for a moment’s pleasure, as illustrated in the little story above about the flies and the honey.
To communicate effectively is a skill, almost an art. Our words can be as sweet as honey or as sharp as a two-edged sword; the power of life and death is in the tongue. Many secular books have been written about effective communication, and many passages in Scripture covers the topic of the tongue and the effects of the words spoken by it. Being a good communicator is important as most of us interact with others via the internet and other social media. The written word is easily misunderstood, for there are no emotions or body language to verify the message. We are therefor to think before we speak or type. Each of us is, effectively, the teacher of our neighbors and our brothers. This will remain so according to Jeremiah 31, until the new covenant is fully in effect.
We believe that we are living in a time of restoration. Many things are being revealed to us and restored to us. The seventh day Sabbath has been restored to us. The Biblical feasts have been restored to us. More and more, we are being taught to keep Abba YHVH’s commandments. We, being in the Diaspora cannot keep any of the commandments perfectly. We keep Sabbath, but we can’t do the commanded offers; we celebrate the feasts and there also we lack. We believe that we should be observing all the Sabbaths: the weekly, the annual and the seventh year Sabbath as well. This will, likewise, be difficult to keep in the Diaspora, but nonetheless, not impossible. There is more to the Sabbatical year than just the commandments regarding the land. We also have to release every debt. It remains part of YHVH’s divine reckoning of time. We won’t be able to do it perfectly. It is about keeping YHVH’s way to the best of our ability and with a willing heart.