Holiness is not just the passive avoidance of any kind of wickedness. It’s also the active pursuit of something that might be completed in a word like charity, but it starts with gentleness and kindness.
Nothing profound to say about this post by Cap Stewart, except that I found it really helpful.
The point of the ministry is not to change people – it’s not my job. The point is to provide safety, to provide an environment where they feel safe to bring it up if they choose. I’m not saying that people should never fear hell. I am saying that it is not what leads to true repentance. Scripture is clear that it is the kindness of God (not his severity) that leads to repentance. Relationship begins with love.