FREED OR IMPRISONED
“If a believer does something wrong, go, confront him when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have won back that believer. But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you so that every accusation may be verified by two or three witnesses. If he ignores these witnesses, tell it to the community of believers. If he also ignores the community, deal with him as you would a heathen or a tax collector. I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you imprison, God will imprison. And whatever you set free, God will set free. “I can guarantee again that if two of you agree on anything here on earth, my Father in heaven will accept it. Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them.”
“Whatever you imprison, God will imprison. And whatever you set free, God will set free.” What an amazing power to be given. Use it wisely. Bind Satan and his followers but set the captives free. When freed, some will come running and leaping and praising God. But not all.
We purchased a house that was over a hundred years old. It had mice. My solution was to look for for an old tomcat. We needed a bold hunter. However, our daughter came home with two female kittens in a pet carrier. When we opened the carrier they refused to come out, no master how we tried to coax them out. When we reached into the crate, they backed into the corner and hissed at us.
Apparently these kittens had been raised in a cage and were frightened of freedom. We left the carrier door open and placed some food outside of it. It was hours before they ventured out, and then scurried back inside.
Those freed from the shackles of sin often react as these kittens did. When told that Jesus has paid their bail, they are distrustful. They might even growl and attack those who release them. Gradually, with the application of Christlike love they may venture forth.
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