STOP AND THINK – There is a limit beyond which patience, tolerance and charity toward another’s sin ceases to be a virtue. (David Garland, British law and sociology professor)

Tolerance is a much-used word in today’s society. Some have wrongly used the term to excuse the evil practices of others because they think they are protecting the others’ rights to act as they want. A more lawful perspective considers the importance of forgiving someone’s wrong-doing but also acting to restore him or her to proper behavior.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you . . . should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted (Galatians 6:1).