"If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between
thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." Matt.
18:15. "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise
rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him." Lev. 19:17.
9. In what spirit should this kind of work be done?
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such
an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be
tempted." Gal. 6:1.
NOTE.-It is much easier to tell some one else of a brother's faults than it is
to tell him of them himself; but this is not the Christian way to proceed.
The first efforts should be made with the offender in person, and alone. But
it is easier even to tell a brother of his faults than it is to confess to
him our own. This, again, let it be noted, is the one very difficult lesson to
learn, the one Christian duty difficult to perform. Only humility and the grace of God
will enable one, to do it.
10. When we pray; what does Christ tell us to do, and why?
"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against ally: that
your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Mark
11. It we do not forgive others, what will God not do?
"But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive
your trespasses." Verse 26. See, for illustration, Christ's parable recorded in
12. What words of Joseph to his brethren show that he forgave them for selling him
"Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me
hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. . . . So now it was not
you that sent me hither, but God." Gen. 45:5-8.
13. What was Christ's reply to Peter's question as to the number of times we should
forgive one another?
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until
seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." Matt. 18:21,22.
NOTE.-That is, an unlimited number. We must pardon offenses against us though ever so
often done; we must forgive to the end.
14. What spirit did Jesus manifest toward those who nailed Him to the cross?
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
15. How did Stephen manifest the same spirit toward those who stoned him?
"And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, . . . and he kneeled down, and cried
with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." Acts 7:59,60. See
1 Peter 4:8.