All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible is clear that rebuking one another in love is necessary to help each other grow in faith. The word rebuke or reproof means: to convince with solid, compelling evidence, especially to expose
Rebuking is not telling someone that they’re wrong if we don’t agree with them. Rebuke in scripture is more about exposing sin in the lives of fellow believers.

Take a look at these scriptures:

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV

“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.

Proverbs 27:5 ESV

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

1 Timothy 5:20 ESV

As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

Galatians 6:1 ESV

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.

If God’s word is His life-giving breath, it stands to reason that rebuke is consistent with His character. As such, any rebuke that we bring to one another should be in line with scripture, not our own opinion, and should be shared in line with God’s character.

Rebuke is a bit heavy I know, but it’s a clear part of God’s authoritative word

Have a great day

Jon

Sawyers Church
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