Admonish One Another in All Wisdom

Jeff Munroe

READ : Galatians 2

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face. (v. 11)

Admonish is one of those words you seem to find only in the Bible. It seems like a relic from another age. Who admonishes anyone anymore? It doesn’t sound very loving or friendly to admonish anyone; that sounds like bad news instead of good news. But look carefully at what Paul is saying in Colossians 3. He didn’t say, “Admonish the world carelessly.” He said, “Admonish one another in all wisdom.”

There are some clues for us in Paul’s confrontation with Peter in Galatians 2. Paul saw that by his behavior, Peter had traded the freedom of the gospel for legalism. Peter fell into a common trap. Sometimes in our desire to be moral or obedient we exhibit behaviors in conflict with the very gospel we espouse. Paul confronted Peter, because, as Paul says in Galatians 2:16, “A person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.” Paul admonished Peter to keep the good news good.

People make mistakes, even people in church leadership. To admonish with wisdom means we should always start by asking the question, “Does this behavior contradict the gospel?” If the answer is yes, then we must confront the behavior – but again with wisdom, so our admonishing also is in line with the gospel.

PRAYER

Grant us great wisdom as we deal with each other in love, dear Lord.