[After warning about not causing others to sin, Jesus continued,] "So watch yourselves!
"If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive."
— Luke 17:3-4 NLT
In today's polite and politically correct society, it is considered rude to step in and confront someone about his or her unethical or improper behavior or sin. Hurting someone's feelings or impinging on his or her right of free expression is of more concern to some people than preventing evil acts, unethical practices, and sinful rebellion. How sad! How wrong of us as Christians. We are called to a different standard in God's Kingdom family. We take sin seriously so we "carefront" — confront with loving care — a fellow Christian who sins but doesn't repent. We don't "carefront" to punish or berate but to help the person turn from sinful ways and return to God's flock. If we take sin seriously, we also must take forgiveness seriously! Dispensing forgiveness was a key reason Jesus came to earth. As Jesus' presence in the world now, our job is to practice radical forgiveness.  And facilitating forgiveness and reconciliation, whether we are the offender or the offended, is always our responsibility!
Father, help me take my sin, as well as the sin that has entrapped my Christian friends, seriously. Don't let me try to tone down others who want to call your people away from their sin and rebellion. Please give me a heart of compassion and words that serve, bless, and strengthen others. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.