We do not know

F.B. Meyer once said that when we see a brother or sister in sin, there are three things we do not know:

  • First, we do not know how hard he or she tried not to sin.
  • Second, we do not know the power of the forces that assailed him or her.
  • Thirdly, we also do not know what we would have done in the same circumstances.

Conviction and compassion – it’s not a binary concept of one or the other. It is both strength of conviction and depth of compassion that will enable us to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” that God has called us to be.

(From a sermon by Mark Opperman, “Improving our Vision” 1/12/2009)