We’ve already established that Church Discipline must be exercised because of God’s Purposes for the church. And, a lack of church discipline goes against His purposes. Our greatest purpose of loving God and loving others must also dictate the way we exercise church discipline.
- The process must be embedded in love.
- Our heart must be moved by love.
- Our attitudes must be governed by love.
- Our words must be guided by love “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).
We will look at the process for church discipline in a future post so consider subscribing to receive e-mail notice of new posts. Here we want to consider the attitudes and heart qualities that must be in us if we are going to exemplify God’s Purposes through the process of disciplining, if we are going to treat the person with love in each phase.
Love Exemplified in What Leads Up to Church Discipline:
Gentleness (Galatians 6:1)
Humility (Galatians 6:1-3)
Gentleness, kindness, able to teach, and not resentful (2 Timothy 2:23-26)
Love Exemplified in the Decision to Discipline:
Grieved (1 Corinthians 5:2)
Humility (1 Corinthians 5:2)
Love Exemplified in the Process of Disciplining:
Devoted in brotherly love (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15)
Love Exemplified in Restoration at the End of Church Discipline:
Forgiveness and Comfort (2 Corinthians 2:5-11)
Forgiveness (Matthew 18:15-22)
Affirming (2 Corinthians 2:7-8)
The Steering the Church Toward God’s Purposes Leadership Guide briefly expounds on each of the traits listed above to help us reflect on how we can exemplify love in all phases of church discipline.