Paul’s instructions to the Galatians and Ephesians are very different from his instructions to the church at Corinth (see Day 21 Devotional). How do you account for the difference in tone? In your experience, are Christians more likely to condemn the sinner or restore the sinner? What does that say about Christians’ understanding and experience of God’s forgiveness? Why do you think a “spirit of gentleness” (or humility) is required of those who are involved in restoring those who are transgressors? What are the foundational bases for working toward truth-telling, forgiveness, and restoration to the community?
Think about God’s attitude toward the law-breaker and forgiveness. On a scale from 1 to 10, how are you at imitating God’s response to the sinner? What could you do to move the scale toward imitating God?
There is no devotional for Sunday, March 30, 2014