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Ephesians 4:15 NLT
… we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ …

John 8:3-11 NLT
As He was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.  "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do You say?"  … (Jesus) said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"  … When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?"  "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."

Galatians 6:1-2 ERV
Brothers and sisters, someone in your group might do something wrong. You who are following the Spirit should go to the one who is sinning. Help make that person right again, and do it in a gentle way. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin too.  Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you are obeying the law of Christ.


CONSIDER

1. What is the danger of speaking the truth without love? 
Give an example of this.

2. What is the danger of loving without speaking the truth?  
Give an example of this.

3. How does Jesus balance truth and love in John 8:3-11?

4. How should we respond to brothers and sisters in Christ who are caught up in sin?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that we would stand on the truth of the Word of God without compromise -  no matter how unpopular or what it might cost us.

2. Pray that we as we stand for truth, we always do so with grace and love.  

3. Pray that we might love each other and others enough to warn and help them when they are living in sin.

4. Pray that we might have the wisdom and discernment to always do as Christ did – hate sin, but love sinners.

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