1 John 5:16-17
What do you do when you see someone else doing something wrong? It depends on a lot of things. Will their actions impact you or someone else? Trying to open one of those combination locks by spinning in the wrong direction is a lot less serious than driving down a one way the wrong way. It depends on how well you know the person. If some stranger walks around with a wardrobe malfunction, you might just look and frown or smile. But if it’s your child or parent, you’ll say something. “You’ve got your shirt on inside out again Edgar.” Your response will also depend on what kind of a person you are. If you’re an extrovert you may have no problem approaching someone about something they’re doing wrong. But if you’re shy or more of an introvert, you might not say anything unless they’re about to drive over a cliff.
But what if you see another Christian committing a sin? What might be your first response? What have you done? How has it gone? Most of us do not have to imagine situations like this. We live them. Sometimes we see those near and dear to us sin. Sometimes we see others in the church family sin. Or we know someone who once claimed to be a Christian now living a lifestyle that God would call sinful. Maybe you can think of someone in your life right now that you’ve seen sin recently or even this past week. How do we respond to them?