Job 22-24; Galatians 1

Galatians 1:10 Am I now currying favor with human beings or God?  Or am I seeking to please people?  If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave to Christ.

In these words I believe Paul addresses an issue that is perhaps the most challenging in living a true, faithful Christian life.  Being a good model in my behavior I find easy enough; e.g. in following the precepts of the Catholic Church.  But it’s whether or not it’s a good moment to tell another person about these precepts and why they should adhere to them is a tougher decision for me.  It’s not fear of being labeled as judgmental (today’s seemingly most unforgivable social crime) that gives me pause, but the fear of pushing a person farther away from Christ.  It’s easy to intervene when a person is obviously harming themselves – as in addictions – but when they are perceiving their sin as a good thing, that’s when it’s tough.  I pray every day for the grace of discernment in my interactions, and for the grace of the removal of the plank in my own eye.

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