Text:“And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” - 2 Thessalonians 3:14,15
In the Church of God, those who err are subjected to judgment. The purpose is to correct such erring ones so that they may realize their error(s), repent, and be purged of such errors. (2 Timothy 3:16,17) Apostle Paul declared: “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” - Hebrews 12:5, 6.
St. Paul went on to say that “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” He further wrote, “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12: 11,8,9) It was with this understanding of the benefits of godly chastisement that David stated, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head …” (Psalm 141:5) We should submit ourselves to correction so that we could be restored to walk in the path of order and decency by the grace of God.