June 20, 2018

What I read today:

Leviticus 11-12; Psalm 51; Isaiah 51; Luke 7; Galatians 6

Galatians 6 Verse 1-2 says “My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.  Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

I have heard the following words way too many times.

“I’m speaking the truth in love to them.” Another personal favorite of mine is ” I’m just trying to help you.”

When I hear those words, I brace myself for the onslaught that is coming next.  Truth is people that say that are usually trying to beat down someone else.  They’re not trying to build someone up, they’re trying to make themselves feel important.

You especially know that trouble is brewing when you see that the individual who’s trying to teach the other person a lesson is telling other people about the great thing they are doing.  Usually, it’s not one on one either.  It’s in a pack of people.

Paul here is telling us to treat our friend’s sins just as Jesus has treated ours.  Remember, Jesus has taken our sins as far away as the east is from the west.

That means we should keep our big mouths shut.  If we are honestly speaking in truth, we should also be doing so, in humility, kindness, and gentleness.  And we most certainly should never be broadcasting other peoples sins to everyone we come into contact with.  In fact, we should do everything we can to protect that person’s reputation and standing in the community while we are working with them quietly.

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