Monday, June 7th, 2010
"Sadness in a godly way makes for repentance to salvation that is not to be regretted." (2 Corinthians 7:10)
If you are a mature publisher who has been assigned to help an inactive person, what should you do if he tells you that he has engaged in serious misconduct? Rather than involve yourself further in the situation, recommend that he approach the elders. If he does not wish to do so, you will be showing your concern for Jehovah's name and the spiritual welfare of the congregation by acting in harmony with divine direction respecting such matters. (Leviticus 5:1) The elders will know how to assist anyone desiring to return and live in accord with God's will. Loving discipline may be required. (Hebrews 12:7-11) If the person acknowledges that he has sinned against God, has ceased to engage in wrongdoing, and is truly repentant, the elders will help him, and he can receive Jehovah's forgiveness.—Isaiah 1:18; 55:7; James 5:13-16.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 2:12, 13)