Reflection 354: Untying the Web of Sin


When a person begins to lie, and forms a habit of this sort, they will eventually become entangled in a web of lies.  One lie leads to another and pretty soon they do not know how to break free of this web.  This is where you must offer mercy.  It’s very easy to be harsh toward someone who has clearly led themselves down the wrong path.  It’s easy to point the finger and rub in their sin.  But the Lord wants you to look at this person with love and help untangle them from the web they have woven.  This is done by being clear and direct about their errors, but also without judgment or harshness.  If they perceive you to be offering the truth with mercy, they may just accept your invitation to undo that which they have done.  This principle applies to many types of sins (See Diary #1712).

Reflect upon anyone in your life who appears to be tangled in a web of sin and cannot get out.  Let your heart grow in mercy for this person, refraining from all judgment.  Love them, seek to bring them the humbling truth and do so gently but clearly so that they can be set free.

Lord, sin binds us and causes much distress in life.  Give me the grace of a merciful heart so that I can be an instrument of freedom to those caught in a life of sin.  Give me the grace, dear Lord, to love them with Your perfect Heart of Mercy.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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