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Reflections on the New Testament: The Gospel of Luke
“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him,” Luke 17:3, NKJV.
This commandment of the Lord is simple enough, yet we are often frustrated when we attempt to reconcile to that other admonition of “turning the other cheek.” But to understand the meaning of each and their reconciliation, we have only to examine the context. Here the Lord, in speaking to His disciples, admonishes them regarding the treatment of a brother who has sinned: He does not say, merely, “if anyone sins against you….” Similar admonitions are delivered by Paul numerous times throughout the New Testament—that a brother who transgresses ought to be rebuked in love and “the spirit of gentleness.” In the verse at hand, Jesus particularly emphasizes that if a brother sins against you personally, you ought not simply to “turn the other cheek” but to rebuke him. Furthermore, He says: “if he repents, forgive him.” I…