Remember the “Six Woes”: It’s commonly taught and shown on TV that Jesus was forcefully lecturing; raising his voice to the Scribes and Pharisees …
In the middle of those truths appears this verse.
“One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” ” Luke 11:45
Does the truth insult? Are facts a taunt?
In CRI we remember with step 12 that brother to brother in faith we owe each other the truth. But gently. And be wary of the same delusion.
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” Gal 6:1
Nathan confronted King David over his sin with Bathsheba and the result is our model of repentance. Through the parable we know David’s heart before we know his answer…
“So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.” 2Sam 12:13-14
There are consequences to willful sin. But remember in his own words, what Jesus says about himself:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt 25:28-30