On one occasion, the apostle Paul had a serious issue to settle with the apostle Peter:
“Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.” (Galatians 2:11-13 NKJV)
Several lessons can be learned from this passage but if the church were to learn only one, it could be found by noting where Paul talked to Peter … and I’m not talking about Antioch.
Paul didn’t talk about Peter behind his back – Paul talked to Peter to his face. And if the church could remember this point, we would all be much better off.
““Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.” (Matthew 18:15 NKJV)