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ENEMIES: First the word says make sure you have forgiven them.  Then below a procedure to get the issue settled.

Deuteronomy 28:2

2 "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: (NKJ)

Deut 28:7

7 "The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 

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Proverbs 16:7

7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (NKJ)

Prov 25:21

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; (NKJ)

22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the LORD will reward you. (NKJ)

Isaiah 54:17

17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me," says the LORD. (NKJ) 

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Matthew 18:21

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" (NKJ)

22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (NKJ)

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Luke 17:3

3 "Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. (NKJ)

4 "And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him." (NKJ)

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Romans 8:31

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (NKJ)

Rom 12:17

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. (NKJ)

Rom 13:10

10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (NKJ)

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Hebrews 10:30

30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine; I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The Lord will judge His people." (NKJ)

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I John 2:11

11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (NKJ)

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Procedure for a Grievance



Complaints against brothers or sisters in the body of Christ. Use the word. If we go by the word we won’t get into the area of gossip or being judgmental. Related verses:

Deuteronomy 19:15
15 "One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
1 Timothy 5:19

19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.
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Procedure

Matthew 18:15
15 "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16 "But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'
17 "And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
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J.Lyle Story BA, MDiv, PhD Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Regent University comments:
Jesus shows the proper procedure for disciplining an erring brother. Three steps are specified. If the first step doesn't take care of the problem proceed to step 2 - then 3.

1) In private 2) with witnesses 3) before the church.


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