I’ve caught myself before thinking about a behavior/action someone has done that I view plainly as sin and trying to resolve it with some measure of justification. Maybe it was to placate my own discomfort with a situation or to genuinely try to see it from another’s point of view (or both). I remember having this moment of realizing that I was excusing wrong behavior, weakening a stance I felt strongly about, to accommodate the poor choices of someone I cared about. That just seemed like the wrong response. I didn’t have to decide it was acceptable because another person seemed fine with it or powerless against it.
This scenario could have a hundred different applications. The crux of my question is, though, how do we be careful to not allow our convictions/views of sin to be eroded by what is possibly fear, deception, weakness, or compromise masquerading as understanding? (That is, understanding in the sense of having compassion, seeing something from another’s point of view, or being sympathetic.)