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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

Hello:
I am thinking "overlooking wrongs" is not about overlooking sin, but things that maybe irritate us or small faux pas that people commit - crazy drivers, kids who say things that may be better talked about when all have cooled off. Often our own emotions and feelings rise up immediately and could lead to a big conflagration, but putting some space between could allow for more fruitful resolution.
Blessings,
Linda

Mike,

A verse that is powerful, but one that I had never noticed before - I Chronicles 19:13, Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” I love this - Be Strong! Be Brave! And then leave it to God. This should be a rallying call for Christians everywhere - everyday as they wake in the morning to face the world. We do our part and God will do his.

Blessings
Kristine

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