Matthew 18:15

Go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone - Matthew 18:15

"Where is thy brother, child?"

"I do not know, Lord; I have not seen or spoken to him these many days; and, as far as I am concerned, I would not mind if I never saw him again; he is as good as lost to me."

"Hast thou wronged him, that this gulf has yawned between you? Remember that I said, if on coming to the altar, thou shouldest remember that thy brother hath some complaint against thee, thou wert to leave thy gift, and seek to be reconciled; then return to offer thy gift."

"Yes, Lord, I remember well. But that is not the case now; my brother has nothing against me; he is in the wrong, not I; he has trespassed against me, not I against him. It is therefore for him to come to me, not for me to go to him."

"Is it likely that he will come to thee?"

"I do not think it is, Lord. He is not one of Thy disciples; and it is most unlikely that he will ever cross my threshold to apologize and ask forgiveness."

"Then thou must go to him, and tell him his fault between thee and him alone, and do thy best to win him back."

"But I think he is most likely to put the wrong construction on my going, and to account that I feel myself in the wrong."

"Thou art thy brother's keeper, and thou must win him out of his fault, and lovelessness, and wandering. He is drifting away - not from thee only, but from Me. I know he was in the wrong at first; but thou art in the wrong now, and thou must go and tell him his fault, and try to wash his feet and win him back."