Friday, February 8, 2013

8 February 2013 - 1 Corinthians 5: 11

Friday, February 8

Quit mixing in company with anyone called a brother that is a fornicator.—1 Cor. 5:11

Suppose that the only son of an exemplary Christian couple leaves the truth and is disfellowshipped. The parents are devastated! Yet, they realize that the word “anyone” in the verse above includes family members not living under their roof. But they love their son so much! Strong emotions might cause them to reason: ‘How can we help our boy return to Jehovah if we severely limit our association with him? Would we not accomplish more by maintaining regular contact with him?’ What will those dear parents do? Will they obey Jehovah’s clear direction? Or will they rationalize that they can have regular association with their disfellowshipped son and call it “necessary family business”? In making their decision, they must not fail to consider how Jehovah feels about what they are doing. His purpose is to keep the organization clean and, if possible, to incite wrongdoers to come to their senses. w11 7/15 4:12, 13, 15