Teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction in right conduct was practiced in my upbringing. My parents and siblings were devout Missouri Synod Lutherans. Each Sunday, we met with the congregation. No Sunday school because we went to parochial school. Together with one another, we worshiped God and Christ Jesus, prayed and were instructed and exhorted by our pastor and salty saints in our congregation. So, we met in a culture where believers knew God’s Word and did their best to live in accord with it.
“Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Salty saints helped that along. Jesus said:
You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. Mt 5:13-16
Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. Mk 9:50
Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Lk 14:34-35
Paul summed up how to live salty in these few words.
12 Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Messiah forgave you, so you also do.
14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Messiah dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. Col 3:12-16
We see how to walk that way by the example of godly people.
The example and words of godly people we know that know us are easier to receive and apply as well as safer than those coming from people with whom we have no one another relationship.
Caution is wise with strangers. They may be dangerous. They may be false brethren (Gal 2:4-5). “They profess that they know God, but by their deeds they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work” (Titus 1:16). They may be false teachers (Acts 20:29). They may be false prophets. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles” (Mt 7:15-16). Cf: Rom 13:9 2Pe 2:1; 1 Jn 4:1 They may be false apostles (2 Cor 11:12-15).
Godly older men and women are wonderful examples.
If one you know who is mature in Christ has something to share with you, pay attention and give heed to wise council.
Paul told Titus, 1 But say the things which fit sound doctrine, 2 that older men should be temperate, sensible, sober minded, sound in faith, in love, and in perseverance: 3 and that older women likewise be reverent in behavior, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good, 4 that they may train the young wives to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sober minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that God’s word may not be blasphemed. Titus 2:1-5
Our home was a house of hospitality. The laughter of joyful people often filled it. Much informal one another ministry took place in that environment as it should in our homes today.
Growing up in all ways into Christ
11And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service [diakonias-of ministry], to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Eph 4:11-16 NASB
Involving each saint in one another ministry is essential to harmonious relationships in a congregation community.
Saints informally in conversation offered teaching, reproof, correction and instruction, It was the norm rather than the exception our church building and outside of it in our homes and daily endeavors. Yet, even in the 40’s and 50’s many churches majored on their church doctrine and minored on relationships.
The roots of that disparity date way back to 313 AD. Howard Snyder writes: “Kreider shows that a key turning point in the church (in fact in all church history) was when, after the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, the focus of church life and catechesis shifted from Christian behavior to Christian doctrine. From actual living to theology.”
We are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Even, “If your brother sins against you, go and point out his fault.”
15 If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother. 16 But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector. 18 Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 19 Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the middle of them. Mt 18:15-20 See commentary. Albert Barnes 
That takes salt with serious flavor. Yet it is what Jesus commanded and still teaches by the Word and the Spirit from His throne of grace. Speaking the truth in love includes teaching, reproving wrong doing, correcting error, and instruction in right doing, “that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:17).
If your brother sins against you, going and showing him his fault one on one is vital to protection from error, wrongdoing and wrong conduct as we follow Jesus in His kingdom way to walk through the Holy Spirit.
For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit; and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him. Ro 14:17-18 WNT
All scripture is from the World Messianic Bible WMB unless otherwise noted.
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