I can pinpoint the sin of others really well — especially those closest to me. If they asked, I could give them a detailed, alphabetical list of exactly what’s “wrong with them.” Meanwhile I have this huge plank hanging from my own eye. It’s causing me to hemorrhage but I don’t notice.
That’s why I have to actively remember something.
Paul tells us to restore others in a spirit of gentleness, keeping watch of ourselves lest we be tempted. (Gal. 6:1) If I forget that I am in process, just like everyone else on this planet, then I start pointing fingers. If I forget that I’m desperate for the grace of my God, then pride tempts me.
Love sometimes gets a little messy. God sometimes calls us to confront the sin in another. But we’re to do it in a spirit of gentleness. To maintain a gentle spirit, especially when my emotions flare, I have to remember who I am in light of God. I have to remember that I too am in process.
How do you keep a spirit of gentleness when confronting the sin of another?
What spoke to you this week in the Abiding Fruit study?