Love Includes Gently Correcting Each Other
Devotional Thought of the Day:
2 And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses. Hebrews 5:2 (NLT)
10 Never reprimand anyone while you feel provoked over a fault that has been committed. Wait until the next day, or even longer. Then make your remonstrance calmly and with a purified intention. You’ll gain more with an affectionate word than you ever would from three hours of quarreling. Control your temper. (1)
It is one of the most challenging parts of being a pastor or a parent, or a good friend.
It takes not only courage, but a level of love for the other person, that embraces the discomfort and the threat of rejection.
Still it is essential, it is necessary, and it can be done with gentleness and compassion. It must be done.
We have to learn to correct each other, and as the priesthood of all believers. We can’t afford not to be there for each other.
But this correcting has to be done as Hebrews describes the high priest doing it, with gentleness! Not in anger, not as a reaction to the error. But mourning over it, crying out to God in prayer for the wisdom to communicate the correction completely.
Gentleness doesn’t mean we become a pushover. The term in Greek there means a measured or precise amount of compassion. With the coolness and calmness that doesn’t come in the middle of a situation. But to take a step back, look at the cross, and remember that God desires that the other person to come to repentance. God wants them to be transformed, to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus..
That has to be the motivation for the correction. To help them, to break down the walls, and seem them benefit from the correction.
It will be challenging, they might reject you for a time, they might get angry, even if you do it as precisely as Christ woul have. Remember, they nailed Him to the cross. And that worked out all right, for that measure of compassion is so evident to see.
Walking this way through life will be a blessing to you as well. For to correct others and to allow them to correct you, takes great faith. We have to trust in God the Father to at His promises. Which means we have to walk with Him, constantly talking and listening to Him! And that is a wonderful place to be!
(1) Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 185-187). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Posted on March 23, 2015, in Devotions, Poiema, The Way and tagged abiding in Jesus, cHesed, correction, family of Christ, friendship, gentleness, love, mercy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.