The Gospel of Matthew highlights Jesus instructing the disciples in what to do if a brother sins against you. He
said to “go to them in private.” Conflict could be more easily resolved if we took this approach.
Of course, Jesus continues with taking two or three witnesses, if they do not listen to you. However, the most powerful part is found at the end, “if they will not listen to the church.”
Imagine the power of an entire congregation on your doorstep to resolve the conflict.
His point is not about discipline, but about restoration. Let’s seek reconciliation.