How to Deal With A Breach of Trust
18:15-22 (TGV) (This is Jesus speaking.) Now if your Christian brother
shall breach a good faith contract, agreement, promise or trust between
you or between he and God, then:
STEP 1. Go privately and confront him
concerning his breach, just you and him alone: and if you and he can
come to an understanding, you have regained the friendly contractual
relationship (and no one else need know about it). But if he refuses to
listen to you, then (and only then):
STEP 2. Go to him again, this time taking with
you one or two others to reason with him (perhaps a mutual friend to
act as an unofficial arbitrator) and legally witness whatever is said
or done. And if he shall also refuse to listen to them, then (and only
STEP 3. Officially bring the issue before the
assembly (through the proper governing body, be it the Pastor, Board,
etc., i.e. not through the “gossip mill”): And if he refuses to listen
to the assembly, then (and only then):
STEP 4. Officially dissolve the relationship
and disassociate yourself with him, and let him be. Just consider him
now as being a person of questionable reputation.
Understand this, as long as you follow the
above procedure, whatever earthly contractual relationships you are
able to restore like this will be legally restored in heaven (giving
you both the gain): and whatever contractual relationships you must
dissolve shall be legally dissolved in heaven (freeing you from your
obligations of the contract).
But I want to reiterate, that every time any
two or more of you Christians shall come into contractual agreement on
earth concerning any offer, promise or statement of fact, that contract
is legally required by My Father in Heaven to be fulfilled because
anywhere two or three "CHRIST-ians" are gathered together, MY name and
reputation is (supposedly) being represented.
After hearing this, Peter came to him, and
said, Lord, how many times must I attempt to set aside a brother’s
breach of my trust? Seven times? Jesus said to him, “Not just seven
times Peter, but seventy TIMES seven.” (End of passage.)
God is in the business of reconciliation and
restoration of good faith relationships, particularly between Christian
brothers. Because “Christ” is who His son Jesus is, and whatever we say
or do as “Christ-ians” (or followers of Jesus Christ), reflects on
Jesus and Jesus’ reputation, just as if our words and actions were
being done in His name. In other words, it makes Jesus look bad. How
are all of the unbelievers ever supposed to come to Christ Jesus, if we
keep making Him look bad?
Jesus is saying here, that no matter what the
breach, no matter what the sin, be against God or man, Father God wants
us to utilize the above steps to reconcile and restore every broken
relationship back to wholeness and move forward to it’s complete
If we fail to go through this process to
repair the breach, then it needs to be understood that even though the
other party committed the breach, you are STILL obligated to fulfill
your part. The above process is the only method to legally free you
from your obligations of the contract in the eyes of God.
And it doesn’t say to kill him, beat him up or
to take your Christian brother to court if he won’t mend the breach.
What it does say is “Let him be” or leave him alone to live with his
According to Ecclesiastes 22:30 God seeks
those that will stand in the gap and repair the breach between God and
man as well as between men. These are men and women that continue to
move forward no matter what.
These are men and women that know how to rescue opportunities out of adversities. These are men and women that are committed to making each other whole. These are men and women that are like God.