4th March 2015
‘You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.’ Hebrews 3:13
People will have two predictable reactions to the words ‘warn each other’. Some will run from them because they don’t want to confront others. Other people will read this verse as a license to bring judgment down on anyone who makes a mistake.
The word ‘warn’, however, should be looked at as an act of love. When a parent warns a child not to touch a hot stove (like my Dad did for me), it’s an act of love to prevent hurt. Unfortunately in my case, I needed to find out for myself what happens when you place your hand flat on a hot burner.
When we warn people, we are expressing that we care enough about them to reveal danger in their lives. When you warn others because you care about them, you don’t need to be confrontational or judgmental. Oftentimes you’ll warn a person and then watch as they make a tragic mistake. When you preserve your relationship by the way you warn, you can be a source of healing when they are ready to turn back to God.
Question to consider
We wouldn’t hesitate to stop a friend from stepping into traffic – why are you hesitant to stop a friend from stepping into sin?
Pray that God will help you always to be a source of healing to others.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.