Interpersonal relationships

 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Mt. 18: 15-20)

Jesus taught the importance of unity of mind and Spirit in experiencing the power and the presence of God. He told the disciples how to handle interpersonal conflicts within the congregation. If someone hurts you or offends you, you must go to the offending brother privately and tell him his mistake. If he does not listen, then have one or two responsible brethren come along with you to talk to him again. If he still does not care, bring the issue before the congregation. If he refuses to listen to the church and correct himself he must be excommunicated.

Church discipline
This sounds harsh but that is the principle on which the church should settle interpersonal issues. Christians must be willing to forgive as the Lord forgave but sin should not be condoned for any reason. This is how the church should maintain Christian discipline.
To the people outside you may just forgive and not strive to correct them as you do with your own brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. In 1Cor. 5:9-11 Apostle Paul admonishes the believers not to associate with a Christian brother who lives in sin.

Power of two in agreement
When the body of Christ is in the unity of the Spirit it has the power to do things in the authority of its Head, Jesus Christ.

Power of God is released
Even just two people with the oneness of mind and Spirit ask God for something it will be done.

Presence of Christ is promised
Because when two or more are coming together in the name of Jesus Christ He will be there with them.

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