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Hi Mike,

I will need to think on this for a while but one thing I know, in the Hebrew usually the word translated to English as Transgression, is not the same as the one for Sin. Could this possibly be a personal boundary violation and not the doing something wrong “sin?”

Boundary issues can be a simple as someone who is an acquaintance thinking they have access to your personal information or info that is not privy to them because of their relationship. Example: When I was involved in teaching a Bible Study to homeless men, who happened to me sexual predators, I was very aware that I needed to have a strong sense of decorum around them no hugs, no physical signs of affection: you get the drift.

One day one of these men saw me hug and kiss on the check someone who used to be a co-worker, in fact the former Comptroller of my school who was a Christian. d We would mutually encourage each other and pray in times of strife and acrimony on the job. I hadn’t seen this gentleman in about three years and we by happenstance ran into each other. After we converses for about half-an-hour on the street and we went our ways, one of the Bible Study Members, walked up to me and demanded I should do the same thing to him.

Well three weeks after I began that study, this gentleman tried to get up a posse to gang-rape me, to put me in my place, which I latter, way latter, found out they had done before to someone else and the church did nothing about it because, “We after all are supposed to forgive our brothers.” Forgiveness and holding someone accountable for their actions are two separate things I think we get the two confused and mix up boundary violations with out right sin, which it could turn out to be if left un-checked.

I will think on your questions regarding this Proverb throughout the day.

Grace and peace
Ramona

I would encourage readers to show truth with love 99.9999% more than SPEAKING truth in love to correct a brother.

Well Mike I believe this proverb is about wisdom. I also believe Jesus is our example. He died for all of us. What ever the wrong doing, we need to remember Jesus looks at the heart and judges. Our job is to be forgiving and help others see the mercy of Christ and how we are to live our lives. We need to ask Jesus for wisdom to share the right words. This is easier said than done. We let emotional baggage get in our way. In the end God's way is our wisdom. Leading someone to the feet of Jesus is more important than our agendas. Picking up our cross and following Him isn't an easy journey.

Susan

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