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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

It's not my job to correct all wrongs with my words. I don't have to 'speak the truth' in love in most cases. It is my job to be the truth and be love to the world. Lord let my actions be the truth in love.

Overlooking wrongs...
A practical tough question, which gets at the tension between justice and mercy in our lives.
Even in today's 1 Chronicles reading, it seems to be a mixture. David commits a wrong to census. Justice demands punishment, and 70,000 people die. Mercy spares the punishment from the wrong-doer. In this case, David does not die, as well as many more people, when God relents from judgement.
So from this example, overlooking wrong means sparing complete punishment against the wrong-doer. It does not mean, not speaking about the offense to the wrong-doer. In this case, David knew exactly what he did wrong. All this is done out of God's love for His people and David (His anger was restrained).
What do you think?

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