What an awful thing for anyone who claims to be a Christian to do to someone and especially to a fellow Christian! To say something against someone, behind their back, to other people is very wrong. Paul, writing under inspiration, told Titus, in Chapter 3, Verse 2, to teach those folks he pastored, “To speak evil of no man.” When we read in the Law, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13), we need to know that it’s possible to assassinate someone’s character. If someone has done wrong, go to him or her, privately, and appeal to them to change and do right. First, we are to check our own lives and correct any wrongs of which we are guilty. (See Galatians 6:1). If we are appealing to a Christian and the person won’t hear, bring one or two others who have observed the problem and the two (or three) of you appeal to the one who is doing wrong. If that fails, bring it to the church. (Matthew 18:15-17). If the offender is doing something that will harm others, those endangered should know about the danger. However, that doesn’t mean that all of the details have to be broadcast. For example, if someone is known to steal, an appropriate warning might be, that so and so should be watched carefully, when he or she is around your property. This only applies when it is a known fact! Give warning, not all the gory details. Keep in mind, what I heard Torrey Johnson say years ago, “The only reason that God reveals anyone’s faults to us is so that we can pray for them.” In the hymn, “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” Julia H. Johnston reminds sinners and straying saints of the, “Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s  mount outpoured — there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt. Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin.” Selah! How wonderful to be instrumental in winning back one who has stumbled and fallen into the old ways.   Ron

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